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May 2012 • The Fish of Albin Mesnel
Note From The Publisher
The publication delsc attempts to bring attention to art that is in the public domain but which may not be well-known to the public. This edition is focused on the works of Albin Mesnel, a French artist. He was particularly good at capturing the moods of animals. The images in this edition were selected from La pêche et les poissons by Henri de La Blanchère and, of course, illustrated by Albin Mesnel (1868). Melanie Paquette Widmann Editor and Publisher
About Albin Mesnel
From La Nature volume 4 By Gaston Tissandier. Translated by the Publisher of delsc from the original French text.
All the contributors to the journal [La Nature] are dedicated to one joint literary effort; wether writers or artists, we form, in a way, a sort of scientific family. We also find it our duty to express our common sorrow when one of us succumbs to death in the middle of their work, in their path toward their potential. A sudden death has deprived us, the 31 December 1875, of one of our most capable illustrators of natural history, Albin Mesnel, and we will recount with a few words his most accomplished career. This career is evidence that it is always by regular and hard work that the artist, just as the writer, arrives at a sort of perfection, a continual progression dictated by nature, and that the impatient and overconfident will never attain.
Albin Mesnel was born in 1830, at the Manufacture des Gobelins, where his father was a tapestry artist. During his childhood, he studied drawing under the direction of MM. Mulard and Abel Lucas, professors at the manufacturer. In 1845, he studied to become an illustrator of nature in M. Delahaye’s studio, he himself having been an artist at the Manufacture des Gobelins. Mesnel retained that post for about ten years, contributing to the engravings found in the Encyclopédie of Chenu and l’Histoire des Picidés by M. Malherbe which he continued to contribute to even after his departure from the studio. In his independent ventures, he contributed to many publications including Le Monde de la mer by Moquin-Tandon, l’Univers by Pouchet, works by M. L. Figuier on insects, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, etc., the Animaux de la France by M. Rendu, the Dictionnaire des pêches by M. de La Blanchère.
At the time of his death, he was working on a project about fish with M. Moreau as well as on the Faune de Madagascar by M. Grandidier. A large number of illustrated books, the Magasin pittoresque, the journal La Nature, many Hachette publications, the Tour du Monde, etc. contain his work. When he vacationed, he frequently chose to be by the sea and was most fond of the Normandy coast; especially Havre, Dieppe, Beuzeval, and Veules. He loved animals, knew how to observe them and how to represent their individual personalities in his work. His sketches attempted, in a picturesque way, to reproduce their moods as they went about life hunting, loving and combatting.
com Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) .Asp Ablette alburnoïdes • Alburnus alburnus (Top) Ablette commune • Alburnus alburnus Ablette biponctuée • Alburnoides bipunctatus www.ctgpublishing.
Barbel Barbeau commun Barbeau fluviatile (Barbus barbus) www.ctgpublishing.com Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) .
com .ctgpublishing.sea bass Bar commun loup • Dicentrarchus labrax Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
Bream Brème commune • Abramis brama Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .ctgpublishing.
sea bream Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Pagre • Pagrus pagrus www.ctgpublishing.com .
com .Brill Barbue • Scophthalmus rhombus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.
com .ctgpublishing.Burbot Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Lote Commune • Lota vulgaris www.
carp Carpe commune • Cyprinus carpio Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.com .
wels catfish Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Silure glane • Silurus glanis www.ctgpublishing.com .
ctgpublishing.char Ombre Chevalier • Salmo umbra Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .
chub Chevesne commun • Squalius cephalus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.com .
com .cod Morue commune • Gadus morhua Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.
ctgpublishing.com .sea eel Congre commun • Muraena conger Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
Fera Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Fera • Coregonus fera www.ctgpublishing.com .
garfish Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Orphie • Belone belone www.ctgpublishing.com .
Monkey goby Goujon commun • Neogobius fluviatilis Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .ctgpublishing.
goldfish Cyprin dore de la chine • Carassius auratus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.com .
ctgpublishing.com .grayling Ombre Commun • Thymallus thymallus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
ctgpublishing.com .red gurnard Grondin rouge • Chelidonichthys cuculus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
com .ctgpublishing.tub gurnard Trigle hirondelle • Chelidonichthys lucernus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
herring Hareng commun • Clupea harengus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .ctgpublishing.
com .ctgpublishing.John Dory Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Dorée commune • Zeus faber www.
sea lamprey Lamproie Marine • Petromyzon marinus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .ctgpublishing.
com .lobster Homard commun • Astacus marinus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.
mackerel Maquereau commun • Scomber scombrus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.com .
com .ctgpublishing.minnow Veron (Vairon) commun • Phoxinus phoxinus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
ctgpublishing.com .Red mullet Rouget-barbet • Mullus barbatus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
ctgpublishing.nase Nase commun • Chondrostoma nasus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .
pandora Pagel • Pagellus Valenciennes Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .ctgpublishing.
perch Perche de rivière • Perca fluviatilis Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.com .
Pike Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Brochet commun • Esox lucius www.com .ctgpublishing.
plaice Plie franche • Pleuronectes platessa Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .ctgpublishing.
ctgpublishing.thornback ray Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Raie bouclée • Raja clavata www.com .
com .Roach Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Gardon blanc • Rutilus rutilus www.ctgpublishing.
ctgpublishing.com .rockling Motelle • Gaidropsarus vulgaris Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
ctgpublishing.com .Rudd Gardon rouge • Scardinius erythrophthalmus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
salmon Saumon Commun• Salmo salar Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.ctgpublishing.com .
ctgpublishing.skate Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Raie Batis • Dipturus batis www.com .
ctgpublishing.com .Sturgeon Esturgeon commun • Acipenser sturio Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.
ctgpublishing.com .brown trout Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Truite commune • Trutta fario www.
ctgpublishing.Lake Constance trout Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Truite argentée • Salmo trutta www.com .
ctgpublishing.sea trout Truite saumonee • Salmo trutta Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .
ctgpublishing.Whiting Merlan commun • Merlangius merlangus Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) www.com .
wrasse Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Coquette Blue • Labrus www.ctgpublishing.com .
ctgpublishing.wrasse Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Coquette Rose • Labrus www.com .
wrasse Albin Mesnel (1830-1875) Vieille Rouge • Labrus www.com .ctgpublishing.
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