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Male and Female Dolphinfish


Watercolor on paper drawing of "Male and Female Dolphinfish", January 17-18, 1796, from the Latrobe Sketchbooks, by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. This drawing features cross-sectional views of a male and female dolphinfish, also known as mahi-mahi. The square-headed male was "caught with the line" on January 17 and the round-headed female was caught on January 18. The drawing also features a closeup showing what the fish scales look like. Both fish were caught during Latrobe's four-month journey aboard the "Eliza" from England to Norfolk, Virginia. Following the death of his wife, he decided to emigrate to the United States. His ship arrived in March 1796.




Watercolor on paper


10.5 x 7 inches

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Sketchbook 1

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