Bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix | 120 Year Old Antique


Bluefish or Pomatomus saltatrix is an antique fish lithograph which published New York 1895-1909. It is the art work of Sherman Denton which set the standard of fish illustration. 9 1/2 x 12″.  Free U.S. ground shipping.


The Bluefish or Pomatomus saltatrix is the perfect art work for a sport fisherman. It is the work of Sherman Denton. This antique is a lithograph which is 120 years old. It published in New York from 1895-1909. At the time, Denton was employed for the State of New York Fisheries, Game and Forest Commission. He provided the watercolor illustrations for 100 chromolithographs of native species of American fishes & wildlife. His work set the standard of fish illustration.  The antique print of our American “marine piranha” measures 9 1/2 x 12″.  Free fast U.S. shipping.

Bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix
Sherman Foote Denton Antique: Bluefish or Pomatomus saltatrix

Sherman Foote Denton: Traveler & Artist

Sherman Denton was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts which today is complete with Denton Street in honor of his work and home from 1856 through 1937. Sherman’s father was a naturalist and geologist. He had taken Sherman at age 15 and in the 1880’s to Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea, where he collected natural history specimens. During this time he managed to gather the largest collection of freshwater pearls in the United States.

Upon returning to America as a young man Sherman Denton landed a position working for the “Forest, Fish and Game Commission of the State of New York” and stayed from 1895-1909. Denton provided lifelike watercolors illustrations for over 100 chromolithographs. This is what you are looking at for sale. It is one of the original chromolithographs which published more than 100 years ago.

During this time he developed & patented a method for mounting fish without them losing their natural colors. Denton set the standard for natural history fish illustrations. Furthermore Denton became the leading artist of fish models for collectors and museums. Collections are housed at the Smithsonian Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and the Louis Agassi’s Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

Conclusions: Sherman Foote Denton Antique Bluefish Lithograph

Source your buy from a reputable antiques dealer. Anyone can own a fake of Sherman Denton’s art work. Only some can own the antique itself. When you buy an authentic antique over 100 years old, you are buying a part of history. A fake is worthless while an antique has great value on many levels. Firstly Bluefish is beautiful to look at. Therefore there is a decorative value. It is a 120 years old antique lithograph. Furthermore it is a part of Sherman Foote Denton’s contributions to American art.  Part of American fishing history. Bluefish is valuable as an antique relic. Important to sports fishermen and fisherwomen alike. When you buy antique one lives with history.

During the 1880’s, Denton and his brothers accompanied their father, a geologist, on expeditions to Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea where he collected natural history specimens. Upon his return, Denton worked as an artist for the US Fish & Game Commission at the Smithsonian Institute, where he illustrated their annual reports and also developed and patented a method for mounting fish without them losing their natural colors. He became the leading maker of the Field Museum in Chicago and the Agassiz Museum at Harvard. Denton was hired by the State of NY Fisheries, Game and Forest Commission to illustrate their annual reports, providing the watercolor illustrations for some 100 chromo lithographs. Denton’s superb drawings vividly illustrated the appearance of live fish, and set the standard for all natural history fish illustrations.

Bluefish is an Antique Lithograph, a 120 Year Old American Fishing Relic

This antique Bluefish lithograph of Pomatomus saltatrix or “marine piranha” is antique. It is a 120 year old chromo lithograph. Chromolithography is an obsolete craft whereas each and every color seen was printed from an individual key stoned limestone plate. Each and every color was applied within individual lime stone plate. A certain kind of lime stone from a particular part of Germany. It had the correct porosity to make a lithograph. Each plate was prepared in a special process for each and every color that was applied. It took a tremendous amount of talent, and craftsmanship. Superior registration by the lithographer was imperative for the final artwork rendering to be realistic.

Additional Information about Bluefish & More:

Find all of our Buy it Now deals on Sherman Foote Denton Antiques: Ocean Lake Fish: Buy Antique Lithographs or See our collections of available sea life antiques.  Find out more about:  Atlantic Bluefish Fish Facts by  Find out about Bluefish tagging of the aggressive marine piranha:  Blue Fish Tagging Study – Littoral​ Society

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