Antique Handcolored Engraving of Tropical Fish
From Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles by Pierre Jean Francis Turpin, published in France by Levrault, 1816.
These handcolored prints were engraved after drawings by Pretre.
Turpin was one of the greatest botanical and natural history engravers of his time.
This engraving shows – Pomacentre paon-de-mere = Pomacentrus pavo, sapphire damsel, peacock damsel or blue damsel
and Plechorhynch – Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides, the harlequin sweetlips, a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean.