Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921)

Abbott Handerson Thayer was an American painter, naturalist and teacher. As a painter of portraits, forms, animals and landscape paintings, he enjoyed a certain prominence during his lifetime, and his paintings are represented in the major American art collections. He is perhaps best known for his 'angel' pictures, some of which use his children as models.

During the last third of his life, he gone together with his son, Gerald Handerson Thayer, on a superior book about protective coloration in nature, titled Concealing-Coloration in the Animal Kingdom. First written by Macmillan in 1909, then reprinted in 1918, it may have had an set up on military disguise during World War I. However it was bluffly mocked by Theodore Roosevelt and others for its biased premise that all animal coloration is cryptic.
Thayer also worked American art through his efforts as a teacher, training apprentices in his New Hampshire studio.

Abbott Handerson Thayer Artwork

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