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 Sherman Foote Denton  (1856 - 1907)

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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/New York/Massachusetts      Known for: wildlife and fish painter and printmaker-chromolithographs, naturalist

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Following is information about Sherman Denton from the Philadelphia Print Shop and submitted by Jan Hiestand.

"Prints by Sherman F. Denton. From Game Fish of New York. New York, 1895-1907. Chromolithographs. Images ca. 5 x 10. Very good condition, except as noted.

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's 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 print are judged.


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Sherman Foote Denton (1856-1937) is best known for the nature drawings that he was commissioned to illustrate for the US Fish Commission (later the US Fish and Wildlife Service) and the Forest, Fish and Game Commission of New York State.

Born in Wellesley, Massachusetts , S.F. Denton was a multi-talented artist, scientist and skilled entrepreneur in business. From a family of naturalists, Sherman, along with his brothers William, Winsford and Shelley (a noted naturalist in his time) became famous at the 1900 Paris Exposition for their award-winning moth and butterfly collections.

Sherman Denton was also renowned among the leading naturalists of his day for developing and patenting methods to preserve fish, butterflies and moths in a much more life-like state.

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