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Washington Irving

Artist
Robert Ball Hughes, 1806 - 1868
Sitter
Washington Irving, 3 Apr 1783 - 28 Nov 1859
Date
c. 1836
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
Object: 66.7 x 36.8 x 27.3cm (26 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 10 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.84.168
Exhibition Label
Trained as a lawyer, Washington Irving found the law tedious and drifted into writing, publishing the first of his comic tales, A History of New York, in 1809. He went on to become a popular and critical success in both America and England with such tales as "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Irving modeled his writing on a romanticized view of history as embodied in the novels of Sir Walter Scott. His originality came from basing that style in distinctly American material, especially his wry delineation of well-known American "types."
Provenance
(Marvin Sadik & Co.), Falmouth, ME; purchased NPG 1984
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 120