SHARKS - THRESHER, BLUE, DUSKY, NURSE fish print
James E. DeKay (1792 – 1851) was an American zoologist who researched and compiled material for the first official Geological and Natural History Survey of New York in 1836.
This resulted in his pioneering publication, Zoology of New York, or; The New-York Fauna, which detailed all the animals observed in the state.
“In no department of the natural sciences is the want of good illustrations more strictly felt than in the class now before us” J. E. DeKay
These original and striking nineteenth century engravings, drawn mostly from living specimens, have been superbly hand painted by one of the few remaining professional colourists in the UK specialising in fish.
(Ref. NYSM, Wood p.141, 1931. Dean, Bibl. of Fishes vol.1 p. 314)