Denton, Sherman F.  “Spotted Catfish.”
Denton, Sherman F.  “Spotted Catfish.”
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Denton, Sherman F. “Spotted Catfish.”

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Sherman F. Denton.  “Spotted Catfish.”  From Game Fish of New York

New York, circa. 1895-1907.  Chromolithograph.  8 ½ x 11 (paper size).  Very good condition. 

This series of fine colored game fish was produced around the turn of the century when game fishing and hunting became more of a sport than a necessity for many Americans.  It was part of the mystique of Teddy Roosevelt and other famous outdoorsmen.  The images were drawn by Sherman Foote Denton, who worked as an artist for the U.S. Fish Commission at the Smithsonian Institute  and developed a method of mounting fish that preserved their colors as in life.  The State of New York Fisheries, Game and Forest Commission then hired Denton to illustrate their annual reports between 1895 and 1907.  Denton superb drawings were printed in colors, like his mounted fish, reproducing vividly the appearance of the live fish.  These are the standard by which all subsequent fish prints are judged.

Other images from Game Fish of New York:

Sea Bass

White Bass


The Bullhead

Butter Fish

Cisco from Hemlock Lake


Fall Fish or Silver Chub


Adirondack Frost Fish

Golden Shiner or Bream



Sea Herring

Common Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Yellow Mackerel


Maskalonge [with fly]


Yellow or Barred Perch

White Perch

Banded Pickerel

The Pickerel from a Pond in Massachusetts


Short Pompano

Rose Fish 

Atlantic Salmon

Female Land Locked Salmon

Male Land Locked Salmon

Scup; Porgy

The Shad

Hickory Shad

The Smelt

Red Snapper

Spade Fish; Triple Tail

Tom Cod or Frost Fish

White Fish

Common Whitefish Male