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T is for Abbott Thayer

T is for Abbott Thayer- Artist and naturalist Abbott Thayer (b.1849) grew up in the Monadnock Region and returned to hisbeloved mountain after establishing himself as a painter. Like many artists of his day, Thayer made a living painting portraits but his favored subjects were Mt. Monadnock and the surrounding landscape and paintings of idealized female figures. He settled in a Dublin house on the slope of the mountain where he painted and studied his beloved Mt. Monadnock until his death in 1921.

T is for Abbott Thayer Monadnock in Winter

Monadnock in Winter, Abbott Thayer

Thayer was known for his eccentricities. He and his family slept in sleeping huts open to the elements year-round. He never allowed the windows in the family house to be completely closed, believing that the fresh air (despite how cold it might be) was healthy and warded off illness.

In the latter part of his life, Thayer and his son Gerald worked on Thayer’s theory of concealing coloration in nature. Their illustrated book, Concealing-Coloration in the Animal Kingdom, was published in 1909. Thayer’s work led the military to adopt camouflage.

T is for Abbott Thayer

Plate from Concealing-Coloration in the Animal Kingdom

Learn more about Thayer and see a selection of his paintings.

Learn more about Thayer and military camouflage.