PD Malloch Perth Angling Watercolour Salmon Fish Caught River Spey 34lb C1931
This 1 historical watercolour, painted by PD Malloch in 1931, depicts a Salmon Fish caught on the River Spey, weighing in at 34 lbs. Display this unique piece of Scottish angling history to bring an appreciation of nature and the past into your home.
- Subject sporting angling fishing portrait of a Salmon in side profile facing right.
- Watercolour on paper with a front protective glass cover.
- Title "Caught River Spey 1931 34lb".
- Set in traditional decorative frame.
- A nice small size with the frame being 35 cm wide and 24 cm high.
- Provenance from the known historic fishing shop PD Malloch Perth.
- P. D. Malloch of Perth, Peter Duncan Malloch was born in 1853 in Methven, just to the west of Perth. He was the son of Joseph Malloch, a linen bleacher, and Margaret. The family lived in and around Perth, firstly at Almondbank then Redgorton, a few miles north of Perth.
- Peter did not have the advantages of higher education and spent his youthful days in the woods and fishing in the river Almond. By the age of 12 he had a sound knowledge of all the birds and animals in the district. At the age of 14 he was able to mount birds well, make a rod and tie flies. Peter's occupation was a millwright but with his brother James as his assistant, he started, at the age of 18, a small taxidermy and fishing tackle business in one room off the High Street in Perth (address unknown).
- In 1877, Peter appears to have established a partnership in Stirling named Malloch, Michie & Crockart which was dissolved in 1890 and the Perth business is later recorded at 213 High Street. Peter also established the Tay Salmon Fisheries Company in 1899, buying up the fishing rights along the river and estuary and creating one of the biggest operations of its kind, this business finally closing in 1996. The business appears to have moved in 1903 to 26 Scott Street, which it would occupy until 1981. On 10 March 1916 P D Malloch registered patent No. 103379 for a hand throwing device which could be used for grenades, life lines, fishing lines and floats.
- Peter Duncan Malloch died in 1921 at the age of 68 and the business was continued by his sons. The original firm was last recorded in 1966, but appears to have been renamed Malloch (Field Sports) Ltd and was recorded at 26 Scott Street from 1970 to 1981. In 1986 it was re-named P D Malloch and moved to 259 Old High Street, Perth. The general decline in customers led to the business finally closing in February 2020.
- Malloch may be said to have gone further than any other man in explaining the life history of salmon and trout. His knowledge of the movement of these fish and of the flies and insects consumed by the latter, was vast. In his later years he became a great authority on all matters relating to salmon and trout. He was the first to study the importance of scale markings on salmon, and proved that every period passed in river or sea could be explained by markings on the scale themselves. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of insect life, it is not surprising that he achieved much renown as a fisherman. His book, first published in 1910, "Life History of the Salmon, Sea Trout, Trout and other freshwater fish", was such a success that it was reprinted in 1912. It has become regarded as a standard work on the subject and an intrinsic part of any serious fishing library.An exceptional angling fishing artwork example.
- Salmon (/ˈsæmən/) is the common name for several commercially important species of euryhaline ray-finned fish from the family Salmonidae, which are native to tributaries of the North Atlantic (genus Salmo) and North Pacific (genus Oncorhynchus) basin. Other closely related fish in the same family include trout, char, grayling, whitefish, lenok and taimen.Salmon are typically anadromous: they hatch in the gravel beds of shallow fresh water streams, migrate to the ocean as adults and live like sea fish, then return to fresh water to reproduce. However, populations of several species are restricted to fresh water throughout their lives. Folklore has it that the fish return to the exact spot where they hatched to spawn, and tracking studies have shown this to be mostly true. A portion of a returning salmon run may stray and spawn in different freshwater systems; the percent of straying depends on the species of salmon. Homing behavior has been shown to depend on olfactory memory
- Circa early 20th century dated 1931.
- Highly valuable another Salmon painting sold for £7,200 pound sterling at Bonhams auction on 19th July 2008 in the Henley On Thames Sale.
- Highly sought after by CEO's, interior designers, museums, art gallerys, antique dealers, famous & private collectors, film tv studio prop shops.
- Ready for immediate home wall display with hanging thread verso.
- Incredible conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- The front painting surface is in good order, having foxing stains in places, the wood frame having some scuffs, wear in places, scratches & stains, some small chips losses in places commensurate with usage & old age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate
High (24 cm)
Wide (35 cm)
Depth (1.3 cm)