On this Day: May 29, 1921 | Death of Abbott Handerson Thayer

29 May 1921: Death of Abbott Handerson Thayer, American painter and educator (b. 1849) (Source)

Profile Portrait of Abbott Handerson Thayer. Digitized from original photographic print, b&w ; 26 x 20 cm, ca. 1890. (Source)

Abbott Handerson Thayer (August 12, 1849 – May 29, 1921) was an American artist, naturalist and teacher. As a painter of portraits, figures, animals and landscapes, he enjoyed a certain prominence during his lifetime,[1] and his paintings are represented in the major American art collections. He is perhaps best known for his ‘angel’ paintings, some of which use his children as models.

During the last third of his life, he worked together with his son, Gerald Handerson Thayer, on a book about protective coloration in nature, titled Concealing-Coloration in the Animal Kingdom. First published by Macmillan in 1909, then reissued in 1918, it may have had an effect on military camouflage during World War I.[2] However it was roundly mocked by Theodore Roosevelt and others for its assumption that all animal coloration is cryptic.[3]

Thayer also influenced American art through his efforts as a teacher, training apprentices in his New Hampshire studio. (Source)


I am Volker Schunck and live in Dresden, Germany. First I was an industrial clerk, then I studied theology. Through my engagement with Zen, I became aware of the Christian mysticism. Meanwhile, I go my own way. For me, faith is not a world-view but a being. It is important to me, not to live lost in thought but aware and intensely. For me, this also includes careful handling of other people. The NVC (Nonviolent Communication), which I learned during my training as a mediator, helps me with this.

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