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Washington Irving

  • ARTIST: Alonzo Chappel

  • PUBLISHER: Johnson, Fry & Co., New York.

  • MEDIUM: Steel engraving; hand colored,

    DATE: 1861.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 7 1/8 x 5 1/2" (18.2 x 14 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Washington Irving (1783-1859) is a famous American literary figure responsible for works like "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Named after George Washington, Irving was the youngest of 11 children born to his immigrant parents in New York City. His early life was spent writing essays, many of which were satirical. He studied law and passed his bar exam in 1806 and occasionally edited a few publications, but never seemed to settle into a single area. A trip to England in 1815 resulted in his meeting Sir Walter Scott, a famous Scottish writer, who encouraged him to keep writing. It resulted in the book "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent" which contained about 30 stories and essays, including the two before mention titles. He died on November 28, 1859 and is buried in "Sunnyside" Tarrytown, New York, where he spent most of his final years. <br><br>


  • CONDITION: Good condition, minor soiling in the margins.