A ledger in the GEH manuscript collection records a sitting for a "Mr. Sprague" on April 25, 1844. The frontispiece to the Poestical and Prose Writings of Charles Sprague (Boston, 1851) was apprently engraved after one of Southworth & Hawes's portraits.
Biography: Poet and banker Charles Sprague (1791-1875) was born in Boston to Joanna Thayer and Samuel Sprague, one of the members of the Boston Tea Party. Apprenticed to a dry goods importer at the age of thirteen, three years after accidentally losing the use of his left eye, he was soon a partnerin several firms before entering the world of banking. He became a cashier at Globe Bank in 1824, where he remained for forty years, and wrote poetry in his spare time. Sprague's literary reputation was especially strong in Boston, and he was ranked high among his contemporaries, including William Cullen Bryant and Fitz-Greene Halleck.