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Indians Lamenting the Approach of the White Man (from McGuire Scrapbook)

Artist:
Frederick Stiles Agate (American, Sparta, New York 1803–1844 Sparta, New York)
Medium:
Pen and black ink, gray washes, and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
8 7/8 x 8 1/16 in. (22.5 x 20.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of James C. McGuire, 1926
Accession Number:
26.216.3 recto
Not on view
The son of English immigrants, Agate was a student of Samuel F. B. Morse and a founding member of the National Academy of Design. In this drawing, one of only a few by the artist that survives, four Indians cluster together in attitudes of despair and resignation. Agate studied and worked in Italy in the mid-1830s, and the influence of classical sculpture is evident in the poses and draperies as
well as the pyramidal composition. This drawing may have been a study for a painting. It shares a dramatic sensibility with Agate’s other works of the 1830s, including "Jesuit Missionaries among the Indians" and a scene from Dante’s Inferno titled "Count Ugolino" (both whereabouts unknown).
Signature: [at lower left in ink]: F S Agate

Inscription: [on verso at top center]: Indians lamenting the approach/of the white man
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