Small Mouthed Black Bass or Micropterus dolomieu-120 Year Old Antique


Small Mouthed Black Bass or Micropterus dolomieu is antique. It is about 120 years old. The antique lithograph, published New York 1895-1909. Smallmouth Bass or brownie is the artwork of Sherman Denton which set the standard of fish illustration. 9 1/2 x 12″.  Free shipping in America.


Small Mouthed Black Bass or Micropterus dolomieu is antique. About 120 years old. The Smallmouth Bass is the art work of Sherman Denton. Published 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 chromo or color, lithographs of native species of American fishes & wildlife. His art work set the standard of fish illustration.  The antique lithograph measures 9 1/2 x 12″.  Free fast shipping in America.

Micropterus dolomieu
Sherman Foote Denton Antique: Smallmouth Bass

Sherman 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 chromo or color, lithographs. This is what you are looking at for sale. It is one of the original, now antique lithographs 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 Lithographs

Anyone can buy a fake or modern copies of of Small Mouthed Black Bass. But those literally have no value. Mine does. When you buy an Antique, over 100 years old there is value on many levels. So buy Antique.  When you own this Smallmouth Bass, you will be living a piece of American Fishing 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. This Small Mouthed Black Bass is exemplary of Denton’s Skill.

Small Mouthed Black Bass is a 120 Year Old Lithograph

This is antique. Over 100 years old. It is called a chromo or color, antique 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.

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Smallmouth Bass: Species Information: Fisheries: Fish & Wildlife: Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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