Fuertes, Louis Agassiz

Fuertes, Louis Agassiz

(fo͞oĕr`tēs), 1874–1927, American artist and naturalist, b. Ithaca, N.Y., grad. Cornell, 1897. His paintings of birds appear in most of the leading American ornithological works published in the latter half of his lifetime. He is also known for his murals and for his habitat groups at the American Museum of Natural History. With W. H. Osgood he made a scientific expedition to Ethiopia (1926–27); Artist and Naturalist in Ethiopia (1936) is a joint account. Fuertes was killed accidentally a few months after his return.

Bibliography

See F. G. Marcham, ed., Louis Agassiz Fuertes and the Singular Beauty of Birds (1971).

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Fuertes, Louis Agassiz

(1874–1927) artist-naturalist; born in Ithaca, N.Y. He showed an affinity for painting birds in childhood, and after graduating from Cornell University (1897), he studied with the nature painter Abbott H. Thayer. A tireless field worker, he traveled all over the world collecting and sketching birds. His paintings appeared in such field guides as Coues' Key to North American Birds (1903) and Birds of New York (1910). During the 1920s, he lectured on ornithology at Cornell and designed habitat groups for New York's American Museum of Natural History.
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