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Charles Sprague

Southworth and Hawes (American, active 1843–1863)

Artist:
Albert Sands Southworth (American, West Fairlee, Vermont 1811–1894 Charlestown, Massachusetts)
Artist:
Josiah Johnson Hawes (American, Wayland, Massachusetts 1808–1901 Crawford Notch, New Hampshire)
Artist:
Charles Sprague (American)
Date:
ca. 1850
Medium:
Daguerreotype
Dimensions:
42.2 x 32.4 cm (16 5/8 x 12 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of I. N. Phelps Stokes, Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes, 1937
Accession Number:
37.14.50
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed in pencil, verso: "Chas. Sprague"

    Marking: Hallmark, TL: 20 Garanti (see Spirit of Fact #15, p. 155)

  • Provenance

    Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes; [Holman's Print Shop, Boston]; I.N. Phelps Stokes, New York, 1937

  • Notes

    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.

  • See also
268351

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