If you’ve been in either of our locations (Staunton or Greenwood) you may have noticed some lovely chromolithographs of fish and birds.
Here’s the story.
From 1895 to 1909 The State of New York Fisheries, Game, and Forest Commission produced a yearly report that included full-color chromolithographs of the wildlife present in the state. Most of the fish prints were done by a naturalist called S.F. (Sherman) Denton – these fish prints are well-regarded as prime examples of this type of artwork.
In 1901 the Commission produced a companion ‘portfolio’ of the full-color plates that had been included in each year’s reports and had become very popular with collectors. This portfolio included over 100 chormolithographic prints, most of which are Denton fish prints.
The prints in our shop come from one of those portfolios and as such, all date from 1901 (actually, the print date was 1902.) The prints were packed into a heavy green paper package with gilt printing – here’s ours!
While we’ve already sent many of our prints to new homes, we still have quite a few left. In addition to the Denton fish prints, there’s a nice assortment of other types of wildlife, birds, deer and moose. With Father’s Day JUST around the corner, we’ll be getting more of these out on the floor – but if you are looking for the perfect gift, feel free to drop us a note! Prints are priced between $39 and $109.
Want to know more? Here’s a great collection of information on the artist! Denton Fish Prints