<font color="#808080">FUERTES, Louis Agassiz</font>

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1874 - 1927)

Named for the naturalist and Harvard University professor, Louis Agassiz, Louis Agassiz Fuertes had an interest in nature from childhood when he was inspired by John James Audubon's book, "Birds of America." Reportedly he had an amazing ability to remember what he observed, and then transfer that information to paper.

He was born in Ithaca, New York, and received his education in the College of Architecture at Cornell University. However, he avoided parental pressure to become an engineer, took art instruction from Abbot Thayer and developed the artistic goal of authentically depicting live birds.

He illustrated numerous books and articles including for "National Geographic" and his three-volume "Birds of Massachusetts." For years, children collected his bird cards that were inserted in boxes of Arm & Hammer baking soda. He traveled widely to broaden his knowledge of birds and their habitat, and these travels took him to Mexico, Colombia, Europe and Africa.

In 1899, he accompanied the Harriman Expedition to Alaska, a group that traveled up the coast as far as Plover Bay in Siberia. Sponsored by the railroad an mining magnate Edward Harriman, the elaborately outfitted expedition included well-know scientists such as John Burroughs and John Muir, landscape artists Frederick Dellenbaugh and Robert Swain Gifford, photographer Edward Curtis, and bird-painter, Louis Fuertes.

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