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Alfred T. Agate
Date: 1812 - 1846
Remarks: Alfred T. Agate was the son of Thomas and Hannah Agate, natives of England. In 1831, he went to New York City to live with his older brother Frederick Styles Agate, who was also an artist. That year, Alfred became a member of the National Academy of Design, and he also exhibited his work at the Academy for the first time. He was active as a painter of miniatures until 1838 when he joined the controversial around-the world expedition of Lt. Charles Wilkes as its "portrait and botanical artist." On the voyage he visited Australia and numerous islands of the South Pacific; in January 1840, the Wilkes expedition surveyed the Antarctic continent, and Agate was present to make drawings of the largely unknown region. The drawings from the trip were later used to illustrate Wilke's Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, published in 1844, two years before the artist's death.