Frederick Stiles Agate (1803-1844)


Frederick Stiles Agate (1803-1844)
American history painter & portrait miniaturist ;
Frederick Style Agate ; Frederick Stiles Agate ; F.S. Agate ; F. S. Agate ; F. Style [misspelled in books] Agate ; F. Stiles Agate ;
[Born January 29, 1803 in Ossining (Sparta), Westchester County, NY – died May 1, 1844 in Ossining (Sparta), Westchester County, NY]


FAD record control number: 44787 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;


Frederick Stiles Agate (1803-1844) biography:

Birth: January 29, 1803 in Ossining, Westchester County, NY ;
Death: May 1, 1844 in Ossining, Westchester County, NY ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Aquarius ;

Known for: Miniature portrait painting ;
Medium: Oil ; watercolor ;
Technique: Painting ;
Subjects: People ;

Areas: Ossining, Westchester County, NY (1803-1844) ; New York, NY (1826-1844) ; Havre, France (Fall, 1834) ; Paris, France (1834) ; Genoa, Italy (August, 1835) ; Florence, Italy (1835) ; Livorno (leghorn), Italy (1835) ;
Region: North East ; Europe ;
Lived: 124 Broadway, New York, NY (1826) ; 152 Broadway, New York, NY (1827-1831) ; 21 Warren Street, New York, NY (1832-1833) ; 25 Walker Street, New York, NY (1837-1844) ; Academy Rooms, New York, NY (1843-1844) ;
Father: Thomas Agate (1786-1856) ;
Mother: Hannah Agate (1778-1853) ;
Relatives: Alfred Thomas Agate (1812-1846), brother, also a miniature artist ; Harriet (Agate) Carmichael (1817-1871), sister, also a landscape artist ; Edward P Agate (1793-1872), uncle, a farmer ;

Training: Private study with John Rubens Smith (1775-1849), New York, NY (1818-1826) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY under Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) (1826) ;
Instructors:  John Rubens Smith (1775-1849) (1818-1825) ; Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) (1825-1826) ;
Work: Columbian magazine, painting The sisters (1844) ;


Member: National Academy of Design, New York, NY, member (1826-1844), member of the governing council (1839-1842), curator (1840-1842), drawing teacher (1840-1844) ;
Exhibited with: National Academy of Design, New York, NY (1826-1834, 1837-1844)

Milestones: At the young age of 13 Agate would draw horses, cattle and ships ; encouraged by engraver William Rollinson (1762-1842) and Reverend Whittingham (?-?) to pursue art in New York ; Began studying drawing under artist John Rubens Smith (1775-1849) (1818-1825) ; Was part of the founding of the National Academy of Design and studied with Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) (1825-1826), who taught him oil painting and drawing from the antique ; Would draw from the antique busts at the American Academy but met resistance and issued a petition which ultimately led to the founding of the National Academy of Design ; Went to Paris, briefly in Fall, 1834 and left soon after for Genoa, Italy to look at paintings, copy, and then moved to Florence where he was taken with history painting, began a large 6 month canvas but got sick and had to come back to America ;



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Last updated: February 11, 2019 at 2:54 am

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