J. Cartledge

Leporid Natural History

Night Collecting (for Eigenmann)


two-color lithograph

17" x 26"

Night Collecting (for Eigenmann) – Rosa Smith Eigenmann was the first woman curator of ichthyology in the United States (at the California Academy of the Sciences) and the first woman to attend graduate courses at Harvard University, where she studied the Agassiz South American collection. The scene here is based on her description in “Proceedings of the National Museum” of a night-collecting expedition she led to collect specimens of the Blind Goby Fish. While Eigenmann did much of her work on the shores around San Diego, the landscape in this print is drawn from the Montana de Oro and Garrapata state parks, on the central and northern shores of California.