Fish Store Sign

  • Unidentified, Fish Store Sign, ca. 1850-1890, carved, painted, and gilded wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.297

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In the mid- to late nineteenth century, craftsmen carved signs for a wide variety of businesses. These large, easily recognizable symbols guided people to the service or product needed, from the mortar and pestle of the druggist to the shoe of the cobbler and the fish of the fishmonger. This visual language of figures and objects was especially useful to the large numbers of immigrants, many of whom could not speak English.

Title
Fish Store Sign
Artist
Date
ca. 1850-1890
On View
Dimensions
fish: 9 3/4 x 30 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (24.7 x 76.5 x 9.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved, painted, and gilded wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – fish
Object Number
1986.65.297
Palette
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