Frederick Styles Agate

Frederick Styles Agate (29 January 1803 – 1 May 1844) was a noted painter best known for his paintings Ugolino and Old Oaken Bucket.

He was born to Thomas Agate and his British wife, Hannah Agate in Sparta, New York in 1803, although some sources manage to pay for the year as 1807.] Frederick was the brother of substitute noted painter, Alfred Thomas Agate. At the age of 15, he moved to New York City to psychotherapy painting under John Rubens Smith.

In 1825, with his friend Thomas S. Cummings, he left Smith to study below Samuel F. B. Morse at the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York City. Agate and Cummings led the motion which resulted in the formation of the National Academy of Design.

Beginning in 1827, he worked as a historical and portrait painter at 152 Broadway in New York City. His doing is described as subconscious semi-religious and moralistic. He went to Paris and Florence in 1834–1835, returning home to Sparta, New York, where he died in 1844, aged 41 of undisclosed causes.

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