Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921) is among the preeminent American painters of the turn of the 20th century. His works reside in major American art collections throughout the country, including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and Freer Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
He was also a lifelong naturalist and wildlife advocate whose artistic practice was inseparable from his veneration of the natural world. His 1909 publication, Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom, remains among the most innovative and thought-provoking works on wildlife and animal camouflage.
With this site, the Abbott Handerson Thayer family estate plans to make its collection available to universities, museums, and anyone with a personal interest in early American art and naturalism.
A comprehensive online collection is currently under development. This site offers a sampling of what is to come.