Striped Bass Morone saxatilis | Great American Fishermen’s Gift


Striped Bass,  in Latin is Roccus lineatus. This is an antique lithograph of Atlantic Striper or Rockfish. Published New York 1895-1909.  Art work of Sherman Foote Denton which set the standard of fish illustration. Mint Condition. 9 1/2 x 12″.  Free fast U.S. shipping.


Striped Bass. Roccus lineatus is outdated nomenclature for this Atlantic species of fish.  Today the Rockfish is renamed Morone saxatilis.  It is an antique lithograph which is about 120 years old. The art work is Sherman Foote Denton’s. 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 chromolithographs of native species of American fishes & wildlife. His work set the standard of fish illustration.  The antique print measures 9 1/2 x 12″.  Free fast U.S. shipping.

Striper or Rockfish

Sherman Foote Denton: Traveler & Artist

Sherman Foote 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: Denton Antique Lithograph of Striper or Rockfish

When you own this Striped Bass, you will be living a piece of American Fishing History. Anyone can own a fake. Some people can own an antique liked. This Striper or Rockfish is beautiful art with values associated on many levels. Own something that is 120 years old. Antique lithographs are affordable beautiful pieces of art. Striped Bass is the single best fish from Denton’s work.

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 Denton Striped Bass is an Antique Lithograph

This antique Striped Bass, Striper or Rockfish art work is over 100 years old. It is a old chromolithograph. Chromo means color. Lithograph means printed with limestone. Chromolithography is an obsolete printing method. Each and every color seen was printed from an individual key stoned limestone 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. The final art work rendered needed to be realistic.

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