Have you ever been fishing and caught a Redbreast Sunfish? This antique, is the artwork of Sherman Denton. The species is a freshwater sunfish and grows to be 12″ in size. This old lithograph was 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 measures 9 1/2 x 12″. Free U.S. ground shipping.
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 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 Denton Antique Fish Lithographs
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.
Redbreast Sunfish or Lepomis auritasis an Antique-Lithograph in Colors
This antique is a color 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.
Links about Redbreast Sunfish & More:
Learn more about the little Redbreast Sunfish at Species Profile – Redbreast Sunfish (usgs.gov)
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