Isabel L. Fottler Schubert Watercolor Illustrations, circa 1939 (SMC 166)


Extent: 2 Linear feet (1 archives box and 2 flat boxes)

200 original watercolors of aquatic species by amateur artist Isabel L. Fottler Schubert.

Isabel L. Fottler Schubert (1891-1978) was an amateur watercolorist. In the 1930s she painted a series of over 200 watercolors of aquatic species, many completed while she lived in Cortez, Florida. She alleged that specimen models for these artworks were obtained for her by local fishermen. She exhibited her artworks at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, as well as in galleries in Florida. She sought to have the fish images published, but was not successful. In 1974 she came into contact with Dr. Carl L. Hubbs of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in San Diego, who encouraged her to donate this collection of her work to the SIO Library.

Isabel L. Fottler Schubert (1891-1978) was an amateur watercolorist. In the 1930s she painted this series of 200 watercolors of aquatic species, many completed while she lived in Cortez, Florida. The paintings were arranged by Schubert into eight groups, and include sharks, rays, morays, coral reef fishes and popular game fishes of the Atlantic, bottom fishes of the Florida coast, Gulf of Mexico fishes, fishes common around Cape Cod, Southern California marine fishes, and fishes of lakes and streams. A detailed index of the artworks, by group, is in Box 1.

Container List

Works of Isabel Schubert

Box 1 Folder 1-9
Indexes to Groups 1-8

There is a folder describing a Group 9 list of paintings, but those paintings were never acquired by the Library. The collection includes Groups 1-8.

Box 1 Folder 10
Letter to Schubert and art showing announcements, 1939
Box 2 Folder 1
Group 1 - Sharks, rays, and morays

Thresher Shark (Pacific) Alopias vulpinus

2. Leopard Shark (Pacific) Triakis semifasciatum

3. Bullhead or Horned Shark (Pacific) Gyropleurodus francisci

4. Swell Shark Cephaloscyllium uter

5. Bonnet-Head Shark (Florida) Sphyrna tiburo

6. Bonnet-Head Shark (Florida) Sphyma tiburo

7. Nurse Shark (Florida) Ginglymostoma cirratum

8. Sand Shark (Florida) Carcharias taurus

9. Tiger Shark (Florida) Galeocerdo articus

10. Great Manta or Devil Ray (Florida) Manta birostris

11. Great Manta Ray or Devil Ray (Florida) Manta birostris

12. Electric Ray (Florida) Narcine brasiliensis

13. Electric Ray (Florida) Narcine brasiliensis

14. Spotted Whip Ray (Florida) Stoasodon narinari

15. Spotted Whip Ray (Florida) Stoasodon narinari

16. Butterfly Ray (Florida) Pteroplatea maclura

17. Sting Ray (Florida) Dasyatis sp.

18. Clear-Nosed Shark (Florida) Raja eglanteria

19. Clear-Nosed Shark (underside) (Florida) Raja eglanteria

20. Guitar Fish (Florida) Rhinobatus lentiginosus

21. Spotted Moray (Florida) Gmnothorax moringa

22. Green Moray (Florida) Gymnothorax funebris

23. Ocellated Moray (Florida) Gymnothorax ocellatus

24. White Moray (Florida) Muraenidae sp.

25. Snake Eel (Florida) Mystriphis intertimetus

Box 2 Folder 2
Group 2 - Coral reef fishes of Atlantic

26. Black Angel Fish, Pomacanthus arcuatus

27. French Angel Fish, Pomacanthus paru

28. French Angel Fish (Young) Pomacanthus paru

29. Queen Angel Fish, Angelichthys ciliaris

30. Queen Angel Fish (Young) Angelichthys ciliaris

31. Ballyhoo, Hemiramphus brasiliensis

32. Beau Gregory, Eupomacentrus leucostictus

33. Common Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ocellatus

34. Cardinal Fish, Apogon maculatus

35. Sergeant Major, Abudefduf saxatilis marginatus

36. Yellow-tailed Demoiselle, Stegastes chrysurus

37. Porkfish, Anisotremus virginicus

38. False Ribbon Fish, Eques acuminatus

39. Hogfish, Lachnoaimus maximus

40. Blue Surgeon Fish or Blue Tang, Teuthis caeruleus

41. Blue Parrotfish, Scarus caeruleus

42. Purple Parrotfish, Pseudoscarus plumbeus

43. Red Parrotfish, Sparisoma abildgaardi

44. Green or Rainbow Parrotfish, Pseudoscarus guacamaia

45. Cowfish, Lactophrys tricornis

46. Buffalo Trunk-Fish, Lacatophrys trigenus

47. Queen Trigger-Fish, Bakistes vetula

48. Squirrel Fish, Holocentrus ascensionis

49. Bermuda Shad, Xystaema cinereum

50. Bermuda Chub, Kyphosus sectatrix

Box 2 Folder 3
Group 3 - Popular game fishes of Atlantic

51. Sailfish, Istiophorus americanus

52. Blue Marlin, Makaira ampla

53. Tarpon, Tarpon atlanticus

54. Florida Kingfish, Scomberomorus cavalla

55. Spotted Jewfish, Promicrops itaiara

56. Great Barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda

57. Wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri

58. False Albacore, Euthymnus alleteratus

59. Great Amberjack, Seriola dumerili

60. Bull Dolphin, Coryphaena hippurus

61. Female Dolphin, Coryphaena hippurus

62. Channel Bass, Sciaenops ocellatus

63. Spanish Mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus

64. Snook, Centropomus undecimalis

65. Cuban Snook, Centropomus eusiferus

66. Ten Pounder, Elops sarus linnaeus

67. Sea Bass, Centropristes striatus

68. Common Jackfish, Caranx hippos

69. Blue Runner, Caranx crysos

70. Common Pompano, Trachinotus carolinus

71. Round Pompano, Trachinotus falcatus

72. Gray Snapper, Lutianus griseus

73. Gray Sea Trout, Cynoscion nothus

74. Southern Flounder, Paralichthys lethostigmus

75. Cobia or Crabeater, Rachycentron canadus

Box 2 Folder 4
Group 4 - Bottom fishes of Florida coast

76. Schoolmaster Snapper, Lutianus apodus

77. Lane Snapper, Lutianus synagris

78. Muttonfish, Lutianus analis

79. Mangrove Snapper, Lutianus griseus

80. Yellow-tail, Ocyurus chrysurus

81. Black Grouper, Mycteroperca bonaci

82. Red Grouper, Epinephelus morio

83. Nassau Grouper, Epinephelus striatus

84. Sickle-fin Grouper, Der matolepis zanclus

85. Rock Hind, Epinephelus adscensionis

86. Gaff-topsail Catfish, Felichthys marinus

87. Sea Catfish, Galeichthys milberti

88. Northern Goatfish, Mullus auratus

89. Star Gazer, Astroscopus-y-graecum

90. Slender Sea Robin, Prionotus scitulus

91. Big-Headed Sea Robin, Prionotus Tribulus

92. Moonfish, Vomer setapinnis

93. Lookdown, Selene vomer

94.Banded Sole, Nodogymnus sp.

95. Spot Tail Forgy, Diplodus holbrookii

96. Fan-Tail Mullet, Mugil trichodon

97. Lizard Fish, Synodus foetens

98. Scorpion Fish, Scorpaena brasiliensis

99. Short-Nosed Batfish, Ogcocephalus radiatus

100. Short-Nosed Batfish (action), Ogcocephalus radiates

Box 3 Folder 1
Group 5 - Gulf of Mexico fishes

101. Sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus

102. Porcupine Fish, Diodon hystrix

103. Permit, Trchinotus goodei

104. Common Silversides, Menidia menidia

105. Spade-Fish, Chaetodipterus faber

106. Purple Striped Mullet, Mugil cephalus

107. Leather Jack, Ogigoplites saurus

108. Remora: Hitch Hiker: Shark Sucker, Echeneis naucrates

109. Fringed Filefish, Monocanthus ciliatus

110. Frogfish, Antennarius ocellatus

111. Florida Swellfish, Spheroides harperi

112. Trigger-Fish. Balistes carolinensis

113. Gag, Mycteroperca microlepis

114. Yellow Grunt, Haemulon sciurus

115. Boar Grunt, Haemulon plumieri

116. Parra's Grunt, Haemulon parra

117. Southern Porgy, Calamus sp.

118. Porgy, Calamus s.

119. Scorpion Fish, Scorpaena sp.

120. Needlefish, Tylosurus sp.

121. Pinfish, Lagodon Rhomboides

122. West Indian Filefish, Cantherines pullus

123. Rabbitfish, Lagocephalus laevigatus

124. Long-nosed Killifish, Fundulus similis

125. Sand Perch

Box 3 Folder 2
Group 6 - Fishes common around Cape Cod

126. Cod, Gadus callarias linnaeus

127. Tom Cod, Microgadus tomcod

128. Silver hake, Merluccius bilinearis

129. Pollack, Pollachius virens

130. Haddock, Melanogrammus aeglifinus

131. Boston Ling, Phycis tenuis

132. Northern Mackerel, Scomber scombrus

133. Cunner, Tautogolabrus adspersus

134. Cunner, Tautogolabrus adspersus

135. Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix

136. Smelt, Osmerus mordax

137. Eel, Anguilla bostoniensis

138. Croaker, Micropogon undulatus

139. Surf Whiting, Menticirrhus littoralis

140. Sea Drum, Pogonias cromis

141. Sea Trout, Cynoscion nebulosus

142. Summer Flounder, Paralichthys dentatus

143. Spiny Boxfish, Chilomycterus schoefi

144. Common Filefish, Stephanolepis hiapidus

145. Toad Fish, Opsanus tau

146. Toad Fish (action) Opsanus tau

147. Tripletail, Flasher, Lumpfish, Lobotes surinamensis

148. Silver Perch, Bairdiella chrysura

149. Common Sea Bass (young), Centropristus striatus

150. Alewife Pomolobus pscudoharengus

Box 3 Folder 3
Group 7 - Southern California Marine Fishes

151. Long Finned Albacore, Germo alauga

152. Ocean Bonito, Katsuwonus pelamis

153. California Barracuda, Sphyraena argentea

154. California Halibut, Paraichthys californicus

155. Kelp Bass, Paralabrax clathratus

156. California Sheepshead (Male), Pimelometopan pulcher

157. California Sheepshead (Female), Pimelometopom pulchrum

158. Garibaldi Perch, Hypsypops rubicundus

159. Barred Perch, Amphistichus argenteus

160. Barred Perch, Amphistichus agenteus

161. Eleven Perch or Shiner, Cymatogoster aggregatus

162. Wall-eyed Perch, Hperprosopon argenteum

163. Southern California Sculpin, Scorpaena guttata

164. Kelp Wrasse, Halichoeres semicinetus

165. California Flying Fish, Cypselurus californicus

166. Cultus Cod, Ophiodon elongatus

167. Sand Bass, Paralabrax nebulifer

168. Treefish, Sebastodes sereviceps

169. Sardine or Pilchard, Sardinops caerulea

170. Rockfish, Sebastodes sp.

171. Vermilion Rockfish, Sebastodes roaceus

172. Rockfish, Sebastodes sp.

173. Wolf Eel, Anarrhichthys ocellatus

174. Queen Fish, Seriphus politus

175. California Kingfish, Genyonemus lineatus

Box 3 Folder 4
Group 8 - Fishes of lakes and streams

176. Golden Trout, Salmo agua-bonita rooseveltii

177. Eastern Brook Trout, Salvelinus fontinalis

178. Loch Laven Trout, Salmo eriox levenensis

179. Cut-throat Trout, Salmo clarkii

180. Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, Salmo gairdnerii

181. Lake Trout, Cristivomer namaycush

182. Montana Grayling, Thymallus montanus

183. Blueback Salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka

184. King Salmon or Chinook, Oncorhynchus tschawytscha

185. Shad, Alosa sapidissima

186. Gizzard Shad, Dorosoma cepedianum

187. Fall herring, Pomolobus mediocris

188. Channel Catfish, Ictalurua punctatus

189. Horned Pout, Ameriurus nebulosus

190. Great Catfish, Ameiurus lacustris

191. Yellow Catfish, Ameiurus natalis

192. Common Sunfish, Lepomis gibbosus

193. Warmouth Sunfish. Chaenobryttus gulosus

194. Redbreast, Sunfish, Lepomis auritus

195. Bluegill, Sunfish, Helioperca incisor

196. Calico Bass, Pomoxis sparoides

197. Large-mouth Black Bass, Micropterus floridanus

198. Golden Shiner, Notemigonus crysoleucas

199. Bowfin, Amiatus calvus

200. Short-nosed Gar, Lepisosteus platostomus