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This book documents the paintings and drawings executed by Louis Agassiz Fuertes during the Field Museum of Natural History’s seven-month expedition to Ethiopia (Abyssinia) in 1926–27. During that time Fuertes completed 70 field watercolors that illustrate 55 species of birds and four species of mammals. He also executed 34 pencil drawings, which illustrate 13 species of mammals and 11 species of birds, plus numerous miscellaneous sketches and small watercolors. This book identifies and describes the biology of all 69 species of birds and mammals illustrated by Fuertes and includes 32 color reproductions of Fuertes’s watercolors that were published as a limited-edition album in 1930 by the Field Museum. The 60,000-word text provides brief summaries of all these species’ ecology, behavior, and reproductive biology as well as information about their current populations and conservation status. A review of Fuertes’s life, his influence on modern bird and wildlife art, and his participation in and artistic contributions to the Field Museum’s Abyssinian Expedition is also included, as well as more than 250 bibliographic citations.
Africa, art, wildlife portraits, Ethiopia, Abyssinia, baboons, Field Museum
Animal Sciences | Art Practice | Book and Paper | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Illustration | Life Sciences | Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology | Zoology
Johnsgard, Paul A., "The Abyssinian Art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes in the Field Museum" (2020). Zea E-Books Collection. 83.