George Miksch Sutton

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George Miksch Sutton (May 16, 1898, Bethany, Nebraska – December 7, 1982) was an American ornithologist and bird artist. He published numerous technical papers in ornithology as well as more popular works illustrated with his own art. His early artistic work was inspired and tutored by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. In 1931, he was the first ornithologist to find the eggs of the Harris's Sparrow, one of the last North American birds to have its nest and eggs described. He did extensive field work in the Arctic (including Iceland), Oklahoma, Labrador, and Mexico. He received his doctorate from Cornell University and held academic posts at the University of Michigan and the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

His book-length works include:

  • Mexican Birds: First Impressions (1951)
  • Iceland Summer (1961)
  • Oklahoma Birds (1967)
  • High Arctic (1971)
  • At a Bend in a Mexican River (1972)
  • Portraits of Mexican Birds (1975)
  • Fifty Common Birds of Oklahoma (1977)
  • To a young bird artist (1979)

Books illustrated by GMS include:

  • American Bird Biographies (1934); author – Arthur A. Allen, Ph.D.; publisher – Comstock Publishing Company, Inc.; detail – ten color plates and ten wash drawings
  • The Golden Plover and Other Birds (1939); author – Arthur A. Allen, Ph.D.; publisher – Comstock Publishing Company, Inc.; detail – seven color plates

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