Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Vintage Lithography Illustration

Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Vintage Lithography Illustration

This product is a digital download of a vintage lithography illustration of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), the largest and most valuable species of Pacific salmon. 1 You can choose to download it in high-resolution PNG with transparent background or in vector format, which allows you to scale and edit the image without losing quality. You can also download a low-resolution image for free for personal use.


If you are looking for a unique and beautiful vintage illustration of Chinook salmon, you have come to the right place. This product is a digital download of a lithography illustration of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), the largest and most anadromous of the Pacific salmon, also known as king salmon, spring salmon, or tyee. 2

Lithography is a planographic method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water. 3 The printing is done from a stone or a metal plate with a smooth surface. It was invented in 1796 by the German author and actor Alois Senefelder and was initially used mostly for musical scores and maps. 4 Lithography can produce detailed and subtle artwork with a range of tones and textures. 5

This illustration was created by a skilled lithographer using a fatty substance, such as oil, fat, or wax, to draw the image onto the surface of a smooth and flat limestone plate. The stone was then treated with a mixture of weak acid and gum arabic that made the parts of the stone’s surface that were not protected by the grease more hydrophilic. For printing, the stone was first moistened. The water only adhered to the gum-treated parts, making them even more oil-repellent. An oil-based ink was then applied, and would stick only to the original drawing. The ink would finally be transferred to a blank paper sheet, producing a printed page. 6

This illustration is a faithful reproduction of the original lithography print, which was made in the 19th or early 20th century. It depicts a Chinook salmon in its natural habitat, with realistic colors and details. You can see the distinctive features of this fish, such as its blue-green back and top of the head, silvery sides and white belly, black spots on the upper half of the body and on both lobes of the tail fin, and black pigment along the gum line. 7

Chinook salmon are native to the North Pacific Ocean and the river systems of western North America, ranging from California to Alaska, as well as Asian rivers ranging from northern Japan to the Palyavaam River in Arctic northeast Siberia. 8 They have been introduced to other parts of the world, including New Zealand and Patagonia. 9 They are anadromous fish, which means they hatch in freshwater streams and rivers then migrate out to the saltwater environment of the ocean to feed and grow. They spend a few years feeding in the ocean, then return to their natal streams or rivers to spawn, generally in summer or early fall. 10

Chinook salmon are highly prized by anglers and consumers for their size, strength, and flavor. They can grow as long as 4.9 feet and up to 129 pounds, but typical length and weight of mature fish are about 3 feet and 30 pounds. 11 They are also a vital food source for many animals, such as bears, eagles, seals, sea lions, orcas, and sharks. 12 Chinook salmon are also culturally and spiritually important for many indigenous peoples, who have relied on them for sustenance and trade for thousands of years. 13

When you buy this product, you will receive a link to download the illustration in high-resolution PNG with transparent background or in vector format. You can use the image for any personal or commercial project, such as printing, framing, decorating, designing, or creating merchandise. You can also purchase other products, such as posters, stickers, notebooks, mugs, and t-shirts, which carry the image of the illustration. Additionally, you can download a low-resolution image for free for personal use, such as sharing on social media, blogging, or learning.

This product is a perfect gift for anyone who loves fish, nature, art, or history. It is also a great way to show your appreciation and support for Chinook salmon and their conservation. By buying this product, you are helping to preserve a piece of natural and cultural heritage that is endangered by factors such as overfishing, habitat loss, climate change, and pollution. [14]

Don’t miss this opportunity to own this stunning vintage lithography illustration of Chinook salmon. Order now and enjoy the beauty and value of this rare and remarkable artwork.


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