Abstract

Abbott H. Thayer (1849–1921), a prominent U.S. painter, was one of the first to describe in detail the function of protective coloration in nature. In military history, he frequently is credited with the first military applications of countershading and disruptive patterning, so that he was known among friends as ‘the father of camouflage’. This essay is a brief review of Thayer’s lifelong involvement in the study of both natural and military camouflage.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9282
Print ISSN
0024-094X
Pages
pp. 291-296
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-04
Open Access
No
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