image houghton w_british fresh-water fishes_v1_1879_plate 2
Image number: RS.13499
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Ruff and Miller’s Thumb

Date

1879

Creator

Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893, British), Engraver

After

A. F. Lydon (1836-1917, British), Draughtsman

Object type

Library reference

RCN45159

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 270mm
width (page): 367mm

Subject

Biology
   > Natural history
Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ichthyology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > fish

Description

Zoological studies of two fishes: the Ruffe Gymnocephalus cernua (here classified as Acerina cernua) and the European bullhead Cottus gobio. Both freshwater fishes are shown caught and displayed on a riverbank, with a mill waterwheel in the background.

Plate 2 from the book British fresh-water fishes by W. Houghton, vol.1 (London, William Mackenzie, 1879).

The plate is inscribed below: ‘RUFFE AND MILLER’S THUMB.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘The specimen [of Ruffe] from which the illustration was made was supplied by Mr. Masefield, of Ellerton Hall, and was taken from a canal in November, 1877.’

William Houghton (1828-1895) British naturalist and clergyman, was a Fellow of the Linnean Society.

Associated place

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      > United Kingdom