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The Alfred Agate Collection: The United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

Miscellaneous additional artworks in the Agate Collection:

 

Study of a Fisherman in a Landscape
Alfred T. Agate
Pencil
98-89-EP

 

 

 

Study of a Landscape with Trees
Alfred T. Agate
Pencil
98-89-ER

 

 

Storming a Fort
Alfred T. Agate
Pencil
98-89-EC

 

 

 

Storming a Fort
Alfred T. Agate
Pencil
98-89-EL

 

Two similar images of what appear to be Spanish conquistadors storming a breach in a stockade wall.

 

 

Study of a Mass
Alfred T. Agate
Watercolor
98-89-ET (front)

 

 

 

Priest and Native Americans
By Alfred T. Agate
Watercolor
98-89-ET (back)

 

This is a harsh allegory depicting the subduing of Native Americans by a cleric. Agate may not have intended this as a positive image, as the explorers witnessed on several occasions the oppression of native peoples by missionaries. In his narrative, Wilkes frequently criticized missionaries' behavior, particularly where Catholic and Protestant missionaries clashed. It is also possible that this image is related to a painting by Agate's brother Frederick. Frederick Agate was working in Rome in 1844 on an allegory of Jesuit missionary work in the American west when he was stricken with an illness that eventually resulted in his death.

 

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1 February 2008