Walpole, Frederick A., 1861-1904

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Biographical History

Frederick A. Walpole was an artist and botanical illustrator. He was born in Port Douglas, Essex County, New York on January 17, 1861. In 1871, his family moved to Chicago where Frederick became a pupil of a local artist. At the age of 21, Walpole left Chicago, intending to find land and settle in Southern Oregon. He established a home near the present town of Trail in the Crater Lake region. Eventually Walpole moved to Portland where, in 1886, he took a job as illustrator for The Lewis and Dryden Printing Company. In 1896, his work came to the attention of Frederick V. Coville, botanist for the US Department of Agriculture and Curator of the National Herbarium. With Coville's encouragement, Walpole applied for an artist position for the Division of Botany at the U.S. National Herbarium and was hired in September 1896. Eventually, he began to collect and identify plants as well, and conducted several trips throughout the United States including to the Pacific Northwest region and Alaska. Walpole married his wife in England in 1893. Their only son, Sidney, was born in 1894. In 1898, his wife died of typhoid fever in Washington, D.C. Six years later, Walpole also contracted and died from Typhoid fever while working in California on May 11, 1904.


Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. (2011). "Frederick Andrews Walpole Collection." http://huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu/hibd/departments/Art/Walpole.shtml.

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  • Coville, Frederick V. (Frederick Vernon), 1867-1937:
  • United States National Herbarium: He worked as an illustrator for the U.S. National Herbarium.

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