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John James Audubon

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Copy after:
Henry Inman, 28 Oct 1801 - 17 Jan 1846  Search this
Sitter:
John James Audubon, 26 Apr 1785 - 27 Jan 1851  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
65.6cm x 55cm (25 13/16" x 21 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
after 1831
Topic:
John James Audubon: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
John James Audubon: Male  Search this
John James Audubon: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist  Search this
John James Audubon: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
John James Audubon: Literature\Writer\Nature writer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Christie's New York
Object number:
DLR00103
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm47cefc9cb-5bc1-41b6-b727-e305ec3083b7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR00103

John James Audubon

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Copy after:
John Woodhouse Audubon, 1812 - 1862  Search this
Sitter:
John James Audubon, 26 Apr 1785 - 27 Jan 1851  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame (Verified): 91.4 x 77.5 x 10.8cm (36 x 30 1/2 x 4 1/4")
Stretcher: 71.3 × 55.6 × 2.2 cm (28 1/16 × 21 7/8 × 7/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1841
Topic:
Weapon\Gun\Rifle  Search this
Exterior\Landscape\Rural  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cap  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Dog  Search this
John James Audubon: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
John James Audubon: Male  Search this
John James Audubon: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Zoologist\Ornithologist  Search this
John James Audubon: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
John James Audubon: Literature\Writer\Nature writer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; gift of the Avalon Foundation through the generosity of Ailsa Mellon Bruce, 1951
Object number:
NPG.65.67
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4450b11b9-860b-4269-988e-867c44a60733
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.65.67

Red Cloud and Othniel Charles Marsh

Artist:
Frank Bowman, active c. 1883  Search this
Sitter:
Red Cloud, 1822 - 10 Dec 1909  Search this
Othniel Charles Marsh, 1831 - 1899  Search this
Medium:
Albumen silver print
Dimensions:
Sheet: 21.9 x 16.7 cm (8 5/8 x 6 9/16")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\Connecticut\New Haven\New Haven
Date:
1883
Topic:
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Pipe\Peace pipe  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Carpet  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather  Search this
Costume\Outerwear\Coat  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Grass  Search this
Interior\Studio\Photography  Search this
Othniel Charles Marsh: Male  Search this
Othniel Charles Marsh: Science and Technology\Scientist\Earth Scientist\Paleontologist  Search this
Red Cloud: Male  Search this
Red Cloud: Native American\Warrior  Search this
Red Cloud: Native American\Leader\Chief  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.93.133
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4cab9d589-823a-4573-a187-ee4bfe51d2fc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.93.133

Benjamin Franklin

Artist:
R. Cooper  Search this
Sitter:
Benjamin Franklin, 17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
6cm x 4cm (2 3/8" x 1 9/16"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Miniature  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Male  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Literature\Writer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Scientist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Crafts and Trades\Craftsman\Printer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
CA140324
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm402b4af02-bb92-4a6f-9ff8-3fd9f80987f6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_CA140324

John Merle Coulter

Artist:
Ralph F. Thompson  Search this
Sitter:
John Merle Coulter, 1851 - 1928  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
*
Type:
Painting
Date:
Indeterminable
Topic:
John Merle Coulter: Male  Search this
John Merle Coulter: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Botanist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Indiana University
Object number:
IN030070
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm403911241-b6f5-46a2-93cb-dce61b192105
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_IN030070

Benjamin Franklin

Artist:
Mr. Hunton  Search this
Copy after:
Joseph Siffred Duplessis, 22 Sep 1725 - 1 Apr 1802  Search this
Sitter:
Benjamin Franklin, 17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
75.7cm x 62.9cm (29 13/16" x 24 3/4"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Benjamin Franklin: Male  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Literature\Writer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Scientist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Crafts and Trades\Craftsman\Printer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Object number:
L62.9
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm42c61237d-0bb7-471d-b8b5-31c2be19037c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_L62.9

John Burroughs

Artist:
Mrs. J. N. Domimen  Search this
Sitter:
John Burroughs, 3 Apr 1837 - 29 Mar 1921  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
7cm x 5.5cm (2 3/4" x 2 3/16"), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1890-1950
Topic:
Miniature  Search this
John Burroughs: Male  Search this
John Burroughs: Literature\Writer  Search this
John Burroughs: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
John Burroughs: Education\Educator\Teacher  Search this
John Burroughs: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: American Museum of Natural History
Object number:
NY280011
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4b8a2f36f-0ede-4405-98fe-8a30e5ef3498
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY280011

Robert Patterson

Artist:
Fields  Search this
Sitter:
Robert Patterson, 1743 - 1824  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
12.1 x 9.5cm (4 3/4 x 3 3/4")
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Miniature  Search this
Robert Patterson: Male  Search this
Robert Patterson: Military\Soldier  Search this
Robert Patterson: Science and Technology\Scientist\Mathematician  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: University of Pennsylvania
Object number:
PA330370
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm42a13d8a2-bc98-44fc-805f-3e614b375343
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PA330370

Benjamin Franklin

Artist:
John D. Battin, Jr.  Search this
Sitter:
Benjamin Franklin, 17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790  Search this
Medium:
Stone
Dimensions:
*
Type:
Sculpture
Topic:
Benjamin Franklin: Male  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Literature\Writer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Scientist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Crafts and Trades\Craftsman\Printer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: University of Pennsylvania
Object number:
PA330457
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm409489651-f393-4cd3-85da-93d291a5e935
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PA330457

Joseph Henry

Artist:
Thomas Le Clear, 11 Mar 1818 - 26 Nov 1882  Search this
Sitter:
Joseph Henry, 17 Dec 1797 - 13 May 1878  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 117.5 × 84.5 × 3.5 cm (46 1/4 × 33 1/4 × 1 3/8")
Frame: 135.9 × 103.5 cm (53 1/2 × 40 3/4")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1877
Topic:
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie  Search this
Joseph Henry: Male  Search this
Joseph Henry: Education\Educator\Professor  Search this
Joseph Henry: Science and Technology\Scientist\Physicist  Search this
Joseph Henry: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Object number:
NPG.64.10
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4e9feda2e-a274-484b-9a97-ea4f9817e3b1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.64.10

DeWitt Clinton

Artist:
John Wesley Jarvis, 1780 - 14 Jan 1840  Search this
Sitter:
DeWitt Clinton, 2 Mar 1769 - 11 Feb 1828  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 122.9 x 92.7 x 2.5cm (48 3/8 x 36 1/2 x 1")
Frame: 147 x 116.2 x 11.4cm (57 7/8 x 45 3/4 x 4 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1816
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Printed Material\Document  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Printed Material\Papers  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Male  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\State Legislator\New York  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\New York, NY  Search this
DeWitt Clinton: Politics and Government\Lieutenant Governor\New York  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; gift of the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, 1942
Object number:
NPG.65.53
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm436f6ee83-be25-4c22-9075-35527d2a355e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.65.53

Charles Willson Peale Self-Portrait

Artist:
Charles Willson Peale, 15 Apr 1741 - 22 Feb 1827  Search this
Sitter:
Charles Willson Peale, 15 Apr 1741 - 22 Feb 1827  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame: 84.8 x 72.1 x 7.3cm (33 3/8 x 28 3/8 x 2 7/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1791
Topic:
Self-portrait  Search this
Charles Willson Peale: Male  Search this
Charles Willson Peale: Literature\Writer  Search this
Charles Willson Peale: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Charles Willson Peale: Visual Arts\Artist\Portraitist  Search this
Charles Willson Peale: Visual Arts\Founder\Art Museum  Search this
Charles Willson Peale: Military\Militia\Officer  Search this
Charles Willson Peale: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
Charles Willson Peale: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; frame conserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
Object number:
NPG.89.205
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4805f7945-a189-48c3-9148-f5a6fc335c94
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.89.205

Jewel Plummer Cobb

Artist:
Brian Lanker, 31 Aug 1947 - 13 Mar 2011  Search this
Sitter:
Jewel Plummer Cobb, 17 Jan 1924 - 1 Jan 2017  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Sight: 70.5 × 70.8 cm (27 3/4 × 27 7/8")
Frame: 91.1 × 89.9 × 4.4 cm (35 7/8 × 35 3/8 × 1 3/4")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1988
Topic:
Jewel Plummer Cobb: Female  Search this
Jewel Plummer Cobb: Education\Administrator  Search this
Jewel Plummer Cobb: Education\Administrator\College\Dean  Search this
Jewel Plummer Cobb: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Partial gift of Lynda Lanker, and museum purchase with the generous support of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, Agnes Gund, Kate Kelly and George Schweitzer, Lyndon J. Barrois and Janine Sherman Barrois, and Mark and Cindy Aron
Object number:
NPG.2021.94
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm43fcbb133-235d-4866-af6f-b7e25e18ba79
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2021.94

Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer Family papers

Creator:
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Names:
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910  Search this
Colman, Samuel, 1832-1920  Search this
Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948  Search this
Dow, Thomas Millie  Search this
Emerson, Edward Waldo, 1844-1930  Search this
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882  Search this
Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966  Search this
Foster, Ben, 1852-1926  Search this
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
Fuertes, Louis Agassiz, 1874-1927  Search this
Gellatly, John, 1853-1931  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Meryman, Richard Sumner, 1881-1963  Search this
Plunket, Jean Reasoner  Search this
Reasoner, David  Search this
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919  Search this
Sainsbury, Everton  Search this
Taber, E. M.  Search this
Thayer, Emma B., 1850-1924  Search this
Thayer, Gerald Handerson, 1883-1939  Search this
Thayer, Gladys, 1886 or 7-1945  Search this
Thayer, Kate Bloede  Search this
Thayer, Mary  Search this
White, Stanford, 1853-1906  Search this
Extent:
5.12 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1851-1999
bulk 1881-1950
Summary:
The papers of painter and naturalist, Abbott Handerson Thayer, and the Thayer family date from 1851 to 1999, with the bulk of the material dating from 1881 to 1950, and measure 5.12 linear feet. Thayer's painting career, interest in concealing coloration (camouflage) in nature, and relationships with artists, patrons, family, and friends are documented through correspondence, writings, scattered legal and financial records, printed materials, and a scrapbook. Photographs are of Thayer, his family, studio, and friends, including artists. The collection also contains family papers created by his second wife, Emma Beach Thayer, his son Gerald, his daughters Mary and Gladys, and Gladys' husband David Reasoner, who managed Thayer's estate after his death.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and naturalist, Abbott Handerson Thayer, and the Thayer family date from 1851 to 1999, with the bulk of the material dating from 1881 to 1950, and measure 5.12 linear feet. Thayer's painting career, interest in concealing coloration in nature, and relationships with artists, patrons, family, and friends are documented through correspondence, writings, scattered legal and financial records, printed materials, and a scrapbook. Photographs are of Thayer, his family, studio, and friends, including artists. The collection also contains family papers created by his second wife, Emma Beach Thayer, his son Gerald, his daughters Mary and Gladys, and Gladys' husband David Reasoner, who managed Thayer's estate after his death.

Scattered Biographical Material includes a brief autobiographical statement and chronology by Abbott Thayer, lists of artworks by Abbott Thayer and Gladys Thayer Reasoner, and biographical information about Thayer's granddaughter, Jean Reasoner Plunket. Two linear feet of family correspondence includes Abott Thayer's correspondence with patrons Charles L. Freer and John Gellatly; with many artists, several of whom were close friends, including Samuel Colman, Thomas Millie Dow, Daniel Chester French, Richard Meryman, Everton Sainsbury, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and E. M. Taber; and former students, such as Ben Foster and Barry Faulkner; and with other friends, many of them prominent members of society, such as Samuel Clemens, Royal Cortissoz, Edward Waldo Emerson, and Stanford White. Also found is Thayer's correspondence with scientists and naturalists discussing his theories on protective coloration in nature. Correspondence of his second wife Emma Beach Thayer, his first wife, Kate Bloede Thayer, his daughter, Gladys Thayer Reasoner, her husband and executor of Thayer's estate, David Reasoner, and other family members are also included in the papers.

Writings and notes by Thayer record his thoughts on concealing coloration, nature, restoration of artwork, and other topics. Writings by others include those by Emma Beach Thayer, daughters Mary and Gladys, and Thayer scholars. The collection also contains correspondence of David Reasoner and other family members, as well as financial and legal documents regarding the estate of Abbott Handerson Thayer and Emma Beach Thayer. Additional financial and legal material includes ledgers, accounts statements, bills, a patent granted to Thayer and Gerome Brush, legal agreements, property deeds, and a map of Thayer's property.

Printed material include books, including one written by Theodore Roosevelt in response to Thayer's book on concealing coloration. Also found are newspaper and magazine clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs. Photographs are of Abbott Thayer, his wife Emma; his studio and home in Dublin, New Hampshire; friends, including Rockwell Kent and Ralph Waldo Emerson; and of unidentified people. Artwork includes a few drawings by Thayer, drawings and paintings by his children, and sketchbooks belonging to David Reasoner and Jean Reasoner Plunket. The collection also includes one large scrapbook kept by David Reasoner documenting Abbott Thayer's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 10 series. Glass plate negative is housed separately and closed to researchers.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1878 - circa 1966 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1867-1987 (Box 1-3; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1888-1945 (Box 3; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Estate Papers, 1921-1954 (Box 3-4; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Other Financial Records, 1889-1957 (Box 4; 7 folders)

Series 6: Legal Records, 1891-1927 (Box 4; 4 folders)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1851, 1896-1999 (Box 4-5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1861-1933 (Box 5, MGP 2; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 9: Artwork, 1887 - circa 1940s (Box 5-6, 8; 8 folders)

Series 10: Scrapbook, circa 1910-1920 (Box 7; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921) was born in Boston to Dr. William Henry Thayer and Ellen Handerson Thayer. After his birth his family moved to Woodstock, Vermont, and in 1855 settled in Keene, New Hampshire. As a child Thayer developed a love of nature that was encouraged by his close family, which included three sisters, Ellen, Margaret, and Susan. At the age of fifteen he was sent to the Chauncy Hall School in Boston, and while there he met Henry D. Morse, an amateur animal painter. Under Morse's instruction Abbott developed his skill in painting birds and other wildlife and began painting animal portraits on commission. In 1867 he moved to Brooklyn, New York and attended the Brooklyn Academy of Design where he studied under J. B. Whittaker for two years. In 1868 he began showing his work at the National Academy of Design and enrolled there in 1870, studying under Lemuel Wilmarth. He met many emerging artists during this period, including his future first wife, Kate Bloede and his close friend, Daniel Chester French. Thayer became part of progressive art circles, showing his work at the newly formed Society of American Artists, while continuing to develop his skill as an animal and landscape painter.

Thayer and Kate Bloede were married in 1875. They moved to Paris and he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, first under Henri Lehmann, and then with Jean-Léon Gérome. While in Europe he befriended fellow artists Everton Sainsbury, Thomas Millie Dow, George de Forest Brush, and Dwight Tryon. His daughter Mary was born in 1876 and his son William Henry in 1878. The family returned to America in 1879 and settled in his parent's home in Brooklyn, where he changed his focus to portraits. After the tragic deaths of William Henry in 1880 and of their second son, Ralph Waldo, in 1881, the family led a migratory existence living in various parts of New England. In 1881 while living in Nantucket they met Emmeline (Emma) Beach (1850-1924) who would become close friends with Abbott and Kate and would be known as "Addie" to the family. In 1883 their son Gerald was born and in 1886 their daughter Gladys was born. In 1887 Thayer settled his family in Keene, New Hampshire, and began teaching a small group of students. Around this time his wife began suffering from severe depression and went to a sanatorium in 1888. She died in 1891 and that fall Thayer married Emma Beach who had helped to care for him and his children during his wife's illness.

Despite family tragedies, Thayer became a leader in the New York art world during the 1880s and 1890s. He was a successful portraitist and painted allegorical figures of angels, women, and children, which were popular among collectors of this period, including his patrons Charles Lang Freer and John Gellatly. He often used his children as models, especially his eldest daughter, Mary.

In the late 1880s one of Thayer's students, Mary Amory Greene, built a house and studio for the Thayer family on her land in Dublin, New Hampshire, and in 1901 the family settled there permanently. Many of Thayer's artist friends lived nearby, such as Richard Meryman and George de Forest Brush, and the Thayer family frequently entertained prominent visitors such as Edward Waldo Emerson and Samuel Clemens. Abbott Thayer taught painting to his children, and Gerald and Gladys both became artists and art educators. Gladys married David Reasoner, a student of Abbott Thayer who later became his assistant. Other students of Thayer included Rockwell Kent, Ben Foster, Barry Faulkner, and Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

Greatly influenced by transcendentalism and the spirituality of nature, Thayer again began to paint landscapes, especially of nearby Mount Monadnock. He was very interested in the study of protective coloration in the wild, and was an advocate for nature conservation and bird sanctuaries. He published the book Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom in 1909 with his son Gerald, but encountered much resistance to his theories. Thayer also wrote about how his camouflage theories could be applied to military warships and uniforms. These theories failed to gain widespread government interest and after suffering from nervous exhaustion, he spent the rest of his life painting landscapes at his home in Dublin, until his death in 1921.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds several collections related to Abbott Handerson Thayer. These include research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists, 1895-1990, donated by Thomas B. Brumbaugh; the Abbott Handerson Thayer letter and drawings to Caroline Peddle Ball, circa 1890-1893; "The Drawings of Abbott Thayer", by Elizabeth Robins Pennell, circa 1921; and the Nelson and Henry C. White research material, 1898-1978, which includes many letters, photographs, and other material originally belonging to the Thayer family.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reels 48 and 3417) including a diary kept by Thayer, a "Family Record" written by William Henry Thayer, correspondence, printed material, photographs, and original artwork by Abbott Handerson Thayer. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Anne Whiting, a niece of Abbott Handerson Thayer, loaned the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1971 and Jean Reasoner Plunket, Thayer's granddaughter, loaned original artwork for microfilming in 1985. The rest of the Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer Family papers were donated in 1999 by Abbott Thayer's great-grandson, John Plunket, who received the papers from his mother Jean Reasoner Plunket. In 2005 Bruce Gimelson donated additional material purchased from the relatives of Emma Beach Thayer.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
Reel 3417 (art works): Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Jean Reasoner Plunket. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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Occupation:
Painters -- New Hampshire -- Dublin  Search this
Topic:
Naturalism  Search this
Camouflage (Biology)  Search this
Art and camouflage  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer Family papers, 1851-1999 (bulk 1881-1950). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.thayabbo
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Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer Family papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw909f5d5a9-1c3f-410d-b973-eaa839d8c887
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thayabbo
Online Media:

Rocket and Gantry

Artist:
Paul Calle  Search this
Medium:
Drawing, Ball Point Pen on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 26.7 x 20.3cm (10 1/2 in. x 8 in.)
Type:
ART-Drawings
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1963
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19751098000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9549f1cb4-a3cf-4d69-bc74-3d796d82c3f5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19751098000
Online Media:

Road Block 17 Cape Canaveral

Artist:
Paul Calle  Search this
Medium:
Drawing, Ball Point Pen on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 21.6 x 26.7cm (8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)
Type:
ART-Drawings
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1963
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19751099000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9dd7b0bfc-3bdb-4f2e-8e01-bec6254e24a7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19751099000
Online Media:

David Rittenhouse

Artist:
Charles Willson Peale, 15 Apr 1741 - 22 Feb 1827  Search this
Sitter:
David Rittenhouse, 8 Apr 1732 - 26 Jun 1796  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
94.3cm x 68.7cm (37 1/8" x 27 1/16"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1791
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Printed Material\Papers  Search this
David Rittenhouse: Male  Search this
David Rittenhouse: Education\Educator\Professor\University  Search this
David Rittenhouse: Education\Administrator\University\Trustee  Search this
David Rittenhouse: Science and Technology\Scientist\Mathematician  Search this
David Rittenhouse: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronomer  Search this
David Rittenhouse: Crafts and Trades\Mechanic  Search this
David Rittenhouse: Crafts and Trades\Craftsman\Clockmaker  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: American Philosophical Society
Object number:
58.P.29
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49c4401ca-da87-4529-938a-be7e05dcd148
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_58.P.29

Joseph Leidy

Artist:
James Longacre Wood, 1867 - 1938  Search this
Copy after:
Bernard Albrecht Uhle, 1847 - 1930  Search this
Sitter:
Joseph Leidy, 9 Sep 1823 - 29 Apr 1891  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76.2cm x 63.8cm (30" x 25 1/8"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1900
Topic:
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Joseph Leidy: Male  Search this
Joseph Leidy: Literature\Writer\Scientific  Search this
Joseph Leidy: Education\Educator\Professor\University  Search this
Joseph Leidy: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
Joseph Leidy: Science and Technology\Scientist\Earth Scientist\Paleontologist  Search this
Joseph Leidy: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Parasitologist  Search this
Joseph Leidy: Health and Medicine\Medical Scientist\Anatomist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: American Philosophical Society
Object number:
58.P.7
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49398dcbd-c03d-4a03-9aaf-34fd4b1ef5d7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_58.P.7

Donald Hamilton McLaughlin

Artist:
Peter W. Blos, 1903 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Donald Hamilton Mclaughlin, 1891 - 1984  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on board
Dimensions:
Sight: 90.4 × 75.1cm (35 9/16 × 29 9/16")
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Paint\Acrylic  Search this
Donald Hamilton Mclaughlin: Male  Search this
Donald Hamilton Mclaughlin: Science and Technology\Scientist\Earth Scientist\Geologist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Dispersed Art Collection, University of California Berkeley
Object number:
78-10-06076
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm445f2e499-bb27-4518-a379-267260020791
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_78-10-06076

David Douglas

Artist:
Herman Richter, 1875 - 1941  Search this
Sitter:
David Douglas, 1799 - 1834  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 39 × 32.4cm (15 3/8 × 12 3/4")
Type:
Painting
Topic:
David Douglas: Male  Search this
David Douglas: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Botanist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Dispersed Art Collection, University of California Berkeley
Object number:
78-10-0611
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm41f9070de-e332-41ac-898a-474f3ee86570
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_78-10-0611

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