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Sporting Art, Fish, Sherman Foote Denton, Antique Prints, 1896

Sherman Foote Denton (1856-1837) (after)
Game Fish
from First Annual Report of the Commissioners of Fisheries, Game and Forests of the State of New York.
Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., New York and Albany: 1896
8.25 x 11.25 inches, overall
$125 to $250 each

Collection of game fish studies documenting various species throughout the state of New York. The titles of the prints specify common and scientific names. Some also provide the name of the lake in which the fish was found. All have the artist’s signature, lower left, ” Denton.” These prints set the standard for natural history fish illustration.

This edition contains the following images, which are shown here:
The Brown Trout [Salmo Fario]
The Atlantic Salmon [Salmo Salar]
The Brook Trout [Salvelinus Fontinalis. Mitchill.]
The Mascalonge from Chautauqua Lake [Lucius Masquinongy. Mitch.]
The Pickerel. From the Upper Hudson River . [Lucius Reticulatus. Le Sueur.]
The Pickerel. From a pond in Massachusetts . [Lucius Reticulatus. Le Sueur.]
The Large-Mouthed Black Bass [Micropterus Salmoides] Sold

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Sherman Foote Denton provided the watercolor illustrations for some 100 chromolithographs documenting various species of North American fish and a few of other wildlife for the State of New York Fisheries, Game, and Forest Commission’s Annual Reports from 1895 to 1909. The State of New York illustrations are widely admired for their detail and color to this day. Denton was a Renaissance man: naturalist, traveler, artist, entrepreneur, collector, inventor and author. His interest in natural history encompassed not only fish, but butterflies and moths, insects, birds, fossils, freshwater pearls and gems. During the 1880s, he and his brothers went on trips to the Western U.S. and accompanied their father, a geologist, on an expedition to Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea, where collected natural history specimens. Returning to the U.S., Denton worked as an artist for the United States Fish Commission at the Smithsonian Institute between 1896 and 1890, where he illustrated their reports and also developed and patented a method for mounting fish without losing the natural colors. He became the leading maker of fish models for collectors and museums such as the Smithsonian, the Field Museum in Chicago and the Agassiz Museum at Harvard. He also invented a method for mounting butterflies, and amassed the most important collection of freshwater pearls in the U.S.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and little to no wear.


“Sherman Denton, Naturalist, Dead.” Boston Herald American. June 25, 1937. (12 March 2004).

Steinhacker, Charles. “The Fish Prints of S.F. Denton.” The American Fly Fisher. Vol. 20, No. 3. Summer 1994. pp. 10-13. (12 March 2004).

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19th Century