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Revisiting Abbott Thayer: non-scientific reflections about camouflage in art, war and zoology.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (2009)
  • Roy R. Behrens
Abstract
This paper reviews the achievements of Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849–1921), an American painter and naturalist whose pioneering writings on animal camouflage addressed shared concerns among artists, zoologists and military tacticians. It discusses his beliefs about camouflage (both natural and military) in the context of his training as an artist, with particular emphasis on three of his major ideas: countershading, ruptive (or disruptive) coloration and background picturing.
Keywords
  • Abbott H. Thayer,
  • camouflage,
  • countershading,
  • disruptive coloration,
  • background picturing
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Publication Date
February 27, 2009
DOI
10.1098/rstb.2008.0250
Citation Information
Roy R. Behrens. "Revisiting Abbott Thayer: non-scientific reflections about camouflage in art, war and zoology." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Vol. 364 Iss. 1516 (2009) p. 497 - 501
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/roy-behrens/5/