Theodore Jasper

late 19th century

One of the most popular bird books of the late 19th century in North America was Studer's Popular Ornithology, illustrated by chromolithographs from drawings by Theodore Jasper. Several editions of this work appeared under varying titles, in some cases with the plates altered, colored differently, or even printed backwards.

Little information is available about Theodore Jasper except that he was a medical doctor who made a lifetime study of ornithology. His bird pictures appear somewhat stilted and are presented more as an aid to identification than as artistic studies. His custom of grouping several species, often unrelated, on one page harks back to the style of Alexander Wilson in the early 19th century, but in quality the art cannot compare with Wilson's work.

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