In April 1865, Museum of Comparative Zoology founder and director Louis Agassiz set off for Brazil with his wife Elizabeth and a dozen assistants on a fifteen-month collecting expedition financed by Boston banker Nathaniel Thayer. Agassiz'€™s primary goal was to investigate the distribution of Brazil'€™s freshwater fish species. The Thayer Expedition Fish Drawings are a collection of 456 watercolors and pencil sketches of fish made during the expedition by Agassiz's principal artist, Jacques Burkhardt. For detailed information about a drawing, including transcriptions of annotations, select the "Full Records" option below. The drawings are held by the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.
This view is public