United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) Search this
5 Drawings (visual works)
Drawings (visual works)
Works of art
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of five (5) watercolor drawings and two (2) engravings made by Alfred T. Agate for the United States Exploring Expedition. It includes portraits of King Kamehameha III of Hawaii, Kotowatowa (a Maori chief), and unnamed individuals from Brazil, Peru, Fiji, as well as illustrations of Maori ornamental carvings.
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Alfred Thomas Agate was an artist, painter, and miniaturist, known for his landscapes, portraits and scientific illustrations. Agate was born February 14, 1812 in Sparta, N.Y. In 1838, he joined the Scientific Corps of the United States Exploring Expedition as a portraitist and botanical artist. He spent four years traveling around the world, mapping the coast of Oregon, documenting hundreds of islands in the Pacific, and collecting more than sixty thousand plant and bird specimens. In 1842, Agate settled in Washington, D.C., and prepared his drawings for the expedition's multi-volume report. He died January 5, 1846.
Natives of Oceania, and ornamental architecture, signed "A. T. Agate, del., A. T. A., del.
NAA MS 382524
USNM Accession 16909
The National Anthropological Archives holds additional Agate drawings from the United States Exploring Expedition in The Division of Ethnology photograph collection (Photo Lot 97).
The Naval History and Heritage Command Archives holds the Alfred Agate collection.
Gift of Mr. M. C. Hopkins to United States National Museum, May 7, 1942. The collection was transferred from the object collections of the Department of Anthropology to the National Anthropological Archives in July 1969.
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Works of art
Alfred T. Agate drawings from the United States Exploring Expedition (MS 382524), National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Note: See 73-50 Collection, Photos of Ethno Collections of The Wilkes Expedition, Submitted to Fish & Fisheries to Be Carried with The "Albatross" Voyage to Pacific to Secure More Information Re Origin of Articles/Peoples Represented
Black and white photoprint on cardboard mount
Melanesia -- New Caledonia Islands/French Overseas Territory -- New Caledonia Island
Photo Lot 97 DOE Oceania:Melanesia:New Caledonia: NM 19374 05087400, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution