How do I install MATE desktop icons?

I have installed standard MATE from repositories on an Ubuntu 16.04 LTS system, this way:

sudo apt install mate-desktop

at this point, the option to select MATE at the cog in the greeter did not appear, so I had to run

sudo apt install mate-session-manager

after which MATE did appear at the cog in the greeter. I have installed mate-utils because I could not make screenshots without it

sudo apt install mate-utils

Still, for many apps the icons are missing:

MATE desktop with missing icons]

How do I install the missing icons?

MATE version 1.12.1-1

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    What was your previous desktop? I find that changing desktop successfully is more difficult and time consuming than just a new install of the distro that has the DE that you want, in this case, Ubuntu MATE which is an official flavor and Canonical supported. To troubleshoot this change, I'd start with a search of all packages that might have been missed like: packages matching query "mate" There could also be conflicts with your previous Desktop config files. – Nmath Jun 17 '19 at 21:43
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    @Nmath My previous desktop was Unity. I think I will not have such problems if I just install ubuntu-mate-desktop, but I would like to procede piecemeal and understand what I'm doing rather than installing a huge blob of software that I don't need just in case. – Nickolai Leschov Jun 18 '19 at 0:49
  • that's the thing: ubuntu-mate-desktop is not just one package: it will pull in dozens of other dependencies. A desktop environment is built on several packages: window manger, terminal emulator, file manager, software center, icons & customization (as you've already noticed). Also some things like icons, are different between distros that use the same desktop: that might be why they weren't included in that package. – Nmath Jun 18 '19 at 1:02
  • Do you have ubuntu-mate-icon-themes installed? – DK Bose Jun 18 '19 at 1:38
  • @DKBose Didn't have. Yes, that fixed it! Please make it an answer. – Nickolai Leschov Jun 18 '19 at 3:32

Please install ubuntu-mate-icon-themes:

sudo apt install ubuntu-mate-icon-themes

That may provide most of the missing icons native to the Mate environment.

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