George Miksch Sutton: Artist, Scientist, and Teacher

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The first biography of the distinguished ornithologist

George Miksch Sutton (1898–1982) is revered by bird lovers everywhere for his beautiful paintings. A Victorian gentleman, adventurer, and raconteur, he was trained in the sciences but felt equally at home in the arts.

Jerome Jackson, a friend and colleague of Sutton, draws on extant correspondence, interviews, and personal knowledge to offer a portrait of the artist that will surprise those...

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Overview

The first biography of the distinguished ornithologist

George Miksch Sutton (1898–1982) is revered by bird lovers everywhere for his beautiful paintings. A Victorian gentleman, adventurer, and raconteur, he was trained in the sciences but felt equally at home in the arts.

Jerome Jackson, a friend and colleague of Sutton, draws on extant correspondence, interviews, and personal knowledge to offer a portrait of the artist that will surprise those who knew him only in his later years. Capturing a superb ornithologist who worked under the most inhospitable conditions, from the arctic to the tropics, Jackson shows us a person who guarded his privacy and struggled with uncertainty.

Jackson depicts a Renaissance man whose life was, more than a search for birds, a quest for knowledge through science and art in the service of humanity. Tracing Sutton’s roots through two generations, Jackson reveals what set him apart from other ornithologists and bird artists. Focusing on Sutton’s formative years—how he acquired his love of birds at an early age and how that love guided his life—Jackson then relates Sutton’s adventures in the Arctic, Mexico, Oklahoma, and elsewhere.

Jackson’s account fills in details missing from Sutton’s autobiography, Bird Student. Gracing the book are fifty reproductions of Sutton’s art—twenty-eight in full color—including early, unpublished, or obscure works along with non-avian subjects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806137452
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome A. Jackson, Professor of Biology and former Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf Coast University, has been editor of The Wilson Bulletin, Journal of Field Ornithology, and other scholarly journals in addition to writing numerous articles and books. He worked closely with George Miksch Sutton through the Wilson Ornithological Society.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     x
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Family Ties     3
Growing Up     14
Bethany, West Virginia     22
Pittsburgh and Carnegie     31
Eloise     40
Pennsylvania State Ornithologist     44
Southampton Island     56
Cornell     66
World War II     88
The Michigan Years     97
Visiting Oklahoma     111
An Oklahoma Institution     116
Teacher, Conservationist, Philanthropist     132
From Illustration to Fine Art     152
Ovenbird and Golden Eagle     166
Graduate Students Mentored by George Miksch Sutton     175
Notes     177
Works   George Miksch Sutton     203
Works Illustrated   George Miksch Sutton     225
Index     229
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