WALPOLE, Frederick Andrew

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WALPOLE, Frederick Andrews (1861-1904) was born in Port Douglass, New York on January 16, 1861. At any early age, he moved with his family to Illinois and later to Portland, Oregon where he was employed as an artist for a lithograph company. Walpole married Edith Ruth Budgett and they had a son, Sidney Budgett Walpole (1894-1920). Edith died in 1898 and Walpole in 1904, leaving their son orphaned at age 9. He later comitted suicide at age 25.

In 1896 Frederick Walpole’s work came to the notice of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Walpole was employed as an illustrator from 1896-1904. During that time, he made many drawings on government sponsored field trips with staff botanists, notably Frederick Coville and Joseph Nelson Rose. Many of Walpole’s works reside at the Hunt Institute on an indefinite loan from the Department of Botany and are catalogued there.

Walpole made color plates of Ribes viburnifolium on Santa Catalina Island, and he collected a fine series of herbarium specimens of that species for the U. S. National Herbarium in February, 1904. Three months later, Walpole died of typhoid fever at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California on May 11, 1904. At the time of his death he was considered the best plant artist in the country.

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Santa Catalina Island

2/1904 USNH