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Anthus spragueii (Audubon, 1844) (1 Viewer)


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Anthus spragueii (Audubon, 1844) OD here and plate here

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds claims:
Sprague's Pipit Anthus spragueii Audubon, 1844
Isaac S. Sprague (1811–1895) was a self-taught artist who accompanied Audubon (q.v.) on his Missouri trip (1843), during which Edward Harris (q.v.) and John Bell (q.v.) shot a small brown bird near the mouth of the Yellowstone River. Audubon recognised it as a new species and named it 'Sprague's Missouri Lark'. Apparently, a few days later, whilst sitting drawing specimens, Sprague put down his drawing tools and found his namesake's nest and eggs in a mound of prairie grass. Sprague became America's best-known botanical illustrator, and was chosen to illustrate Asa Gray's classics, the Botanical Textbook and Flora. He also worked with the naturalist Henry Henshaw (q.v.).

The Key to Scientific Names
Isaac Sprague (1811-1895) US botanical draftsman, collector with Audubon on the Missouri (Anthus).

So no doubt about the dedication. I am just wondering if there is really a middle name starting with S.?


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No "s" that was his father and grandson

Isaac Sprague
Birth5 Sep 1811 Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Marriage21 Dec 1854 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Residence1889 Wellesley, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Death13 Mar 1895 Wellesley, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
FatherIsaac S. Sprague (1782-1826)
MotherMary Burr (1781-1856)
SpouseSarah Eaton (1820-1870)
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