Still lifes of sea creatures realistic enough that you can almost sniff the briny air by French artist Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818). Member of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture at the youthful age of 26 and a favorite artist of Queen Marie Antoinette.

"A still life of mackerel, glassware, a loaf of bread and lemons on a table with a white cloth." 1787.
“A still life of mackerel, glassware, a loaf of bread and lemons on a table with a white cloth.” 1787. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anne_Vallayer-Coster_-_A_still_life_of_mackerel,_glassware,_a_loaf_of_bread_and_lemons_on_a_table_with_a_white_cloth.Jpeg
"Still-Life with Tuft of Marine Plants, Shells and Corals." 1769.
“Still-Life with Tuft of Marine Plants, Shells and Corals.” 1769. Collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://thebluelantern.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-panache-of-anne-vallayer-coster.html
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