Oil on canvas, 9.5 x 11.25 inches
Known for his sporting art, Holberton himself was an avid angler. In 1884 he painted a set of forty varieties of "Standard American Black Bass and Lake Flies." He was the author of “The Art of Angling, and How and Where to Catch Fish” (1887), that dealt with both fresh and salt water fishing. He authored a second publication, “Angling Recreation” (1889) that included a number of his paintings. An avid salmon fisherman, Holberton applied his artistic skills to the creation of fishing flies, three of which is named for him--the “Fluttering Fly”, the “Lottie”, and the “Holberton”. He published numerous fishing-related articles for newspapers, using the alias, “Scarlet Ibis." Holberton was a member of the Brooklyn Art Association, where he also exhibited his paintings.