Sketch 11. Leafy sea dragon (mistitled, actually Weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus
This painting done by William Buelow Gould is one out of his work Sketchbook of Fishes, done in 1832. What was most interesting was the circumstances of the artwork, produced while Gould was incarcerated at a penal colony at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania for forging a bank note. Despite his life of crime, Gould was important as one of the first artists to document the fauna at the colony.
Source: Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.