The Five Foot Hunter
It's the death day of naturalist, artist, and taxidermist, Martha and Maxwell, who died on this day in 1881.
She helped found modern taxidermy.
At just 5 feet tall, Maxwell became an accomplished hunter.
One historian wrote,
"What distinguished Martha from other taxidermists of the day was that Martha Maxwell always attempted to place stuffed animals in natural poses and amongst natural surroundings. This talent was what would separate her work from others and make her animals so popular with exhibitors and viewers alike.”
People who saw Martha's exhibits of Colorado wildlife doubted that a woman had actually done the work.
Martha had heard these comments over and over. At one point, she wrote the words "Woman's Work" on a small sign and placed it in front of her exhibit.