Weird and Wonderful: Samuel Fallours

A few weeks ago, New Scientist did a write-up of Theodore Pietsche’s “Tropical Fishes of the East Indies.” The subject of Pietsche’s book is another book: Samuel Fallours’ “Fishes, Crayfishes, and Crabs,” published in 1719. Fallours’ book is filled with colorful pictures of fish he painted while living on the island of Ambon in Indonesia. Ambon Harbor is polluted now, but during Fallours’ time it was cleaner and the fish there brighter. Apparently though, Fallours exaggerated just a bit on how bright they were. See exhibit A after the break.

I can’t make a guess about the artistic or scientific merit of these pictures, but I love them and I’m glad Pietsche is bringing them to our attention. They’re gorgeous. Check out a sampling of the reproductions at New Scientist’s website.

Sue Lange

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  1. They are missing a bet. They should reproduce these prints and market them to interior designers. Martha Stewart would love them! Matted, framed and hung in rows in hallways or above jacuzzis…