Let the fish contemplate each other’s bones
Featured as the Oxonian Review’s image of the week at the moment is a small piece of work I made after a visit to the Natural History Museum’s Images of Nature gallery, inspired partly also by x-ray work at the Smithsonian’s National Collection of Fishes.
(The title of this post is from Pall Mall‘s well-known 1896 response to the ‘revolting indecency’ of the early Roentgen ray: ‘Perhaps the best thing would be for all civilised nations to combine to burn all works on the roentgen rays, to execute all the discoverers, and to corner all the tungstate in the world and whelm it into the middle of the ocean. Let the fish contemplate each other’s bones, but not us.’)
A couple of other recent glass works, below, based on medieval materials: