Shell cornice, by Blott Kerr-Wilson; her favourite shells are mussel-shells. Read more, and see more images of mussels growing in the Solway Firth on http://www.solwayshorestories.co.uk/shore-stories/the-mussel-beds/
An engraving from Gosse's 'Actinologia Britannica' showing Stomphia churchiae (found by Anne Church using a 'turbot dredge' in Loch Long) bottom left. Anne Church has been fictionalised as a character in Ann Lingard's novel 'Seaside Pleasures'
From the Illustrated London News 1854; in 1853 PH Gosse helped set up 7 tanks or marine 'aquaria' at the Zoological Society of London. 'How picturesque, how beautiful, how strange, how fantastic, how luxuriant', the ILN enthused.