Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Drawing - Tropical fish
  • Tropical fish
    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999
  • Enlarge image

Tropical fish

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by K. D. and E. F. Law

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 189, box A

Wilfrid R. Addey (1912-1999) worked as a commercial artist for over sixty years, working for Dorland Advertising and Mitchells among other London advertising firms. His work shows the range of products and illustration styles, from aeroplanes and cars, beer and perfume, to satirical cartoons and calendar pin-up girls and is representative of the post war boom in advertising during the late 1940s and 1950s.

This watercolour shows three tropical fish swimming to the left in the deep sea. Body colour has been used to create the fall of light on their scales and bubbles in the water. The subject reflects a growing interest in exotic places in the late 1940s.

Physical description

Three tropical fish are shown facing left in the foreground of this watercolour of a deep sea scene.

Place of Origin

England (made)


late 1940s (made)


Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 20.6 cm, Width: 32.9 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing in pen, ink and wash of tropical fish


Watercolour; Bodycolour



Subjects depicted

Sea; Fish


Drawings; Advertising; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.