signed and dated: verso: "Painted by A. Agate December 1839"
The subject, a native of New York, was a commissioned surgeon in the U.S. army during the 1830s, and served in the Seminole and Black Hawk wars. He collected Indian artifacts in the locations in which he was stationed and donated them to The New-York Historical Society, of which he was a member. Agate was the official artist of Lieut. Charles Wilkes's around-the-world exploring expedition, which departed the U.S. in 1838 and returned in 1842. This portrait was painted during that expedition.
Gift of Mrs. Nathan S. Jarvis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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