It’s been several years since I have shared with you a new vintage animal vignette. This one features a fish, perhaps meant to be Pisces, standing on his head. The entire fish vignette reminds me a bit of a garden fountain where the fish spits out water.
This particular fish vignette dates back to at least 1840 when it was included on a book about the Knights Templar. No illustrator was identified for the drawings which were used to accompany the text.
The fish vignette features a fish with a pretty tail, large lips and well-defined scales. He stands on his head on top of one shell and has a second, smaller shell perched on his tail. The base of the fountain-like vignette is a little hard to make out but it looks a little like a girl with long hair to me. The picture also includes some grasses as if the entire thing was taking place underwater instead of out in the open.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.