John Dory

John Dory, Zeus faber

Watercolour on paper

Artist: Isabelle Rogerson

John Dory are demersal, round fish. John Dory tend to be caught via demersal trawling in the North East Atlantic, where they are most abundant and best value from May to June and September to December. They are also known as St Peter’s Fish; this is due to the black spot on the side of the fish where it is said to represent the fingerprint of St Peter when he lifted it from the sea. The dot gives the impression of an eye which helps to confuse predators, making them think they are attacking the face where it is actually the flank giving better opportunity for escape. Info from: 

In this watercolour painting, the artist has exaggerated the Dory’s true colours, for dramatic effect.  

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