Atlantic Spanish Mackerel ~ Antique 1900 Chromolithograph Game Fish Art Print For Sale
PLATE 6: Scomberomorus maculafatus (Mitchill). Spanish Mackerel "Carita"
About Half Natural Size
This is a rare antique pre 1900 chromolithograph. A lithograph is created by drawing an image onto a stone (lithography = "stone-drawing") or metal plate using a grease crayon or a greasy ink called tusche. The process is based on the principle that grease and water do not mix. To create a lithograph, the stone or plate is washed with water --which is repelled by the crayon-- and then with ink --which is absorbed by the crayon. The image is printed onto the paper from the stone or plate, which can be re-inked many times without wear. A chromolithograph is a colored lithograph, with at least three colors, in which each color is printed from a separate stone and where the image is composed from those colors.
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It would make an excellent wall accent when matted and framed, especially in a group. Nice gift for the deep sea fishing outdoorsman; great decor for yacht or sailboat.
Description of Fish:
Body elongate, its dorsal and ventral outlines equal; profile straight from snout to dorsal; head small and pointed; mouth large, oblique, jaws equal; maxillary reaching posterior margin of orbit; teeth large, compressed, and sharp, their formula being 24-24 to 32-32; gillrakers'2 + II. Soft dorsal inserted in advance of anal a distance about equal to diameter of eye; lateral line undulating, with about 175 pores. Color silvery, bluish above; sides with many elliptical spots of dull orange-color, two rows of these spots below lateral line and one row above; spinous dorsal white at base, black above; soft dorsal tinged with yellowish, its margins black; anal white; posterior side of pectoral black, anterior side yellowish with black borders; caudal blackish. This species is found on both coasts of North America, appearing in large but very irregular schools in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Carolina coast; ranging north in the fall as far as Cape Ann, and south to Brazil. It is rare or unknown in Cuba, but is known from Jamaica and Porto Rico. It reaches a weight of 8 or 9 pounds and is one of the very best food-fishes in the United States.
SIZE: Print size is 7 inches by 10 1/2 inches including the borders shown.
CONDITION: Condition is excellent.
DATE OF PRINT: Printed in 1900.
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