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Artist:
Robert Ball Hughes, 1806 - 1868  Search this
Sitter:
Washington Irving, 3 Apr 1783 - 28 Nov 1859  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Dimensions:
Object: 66.7 x 36.8 x 27.3cm (26 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 10 3/4")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
c. 1836
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
Topic:
Washington Irving: Male  Search this
Washington Irving: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Washington Irving: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Washington Irving: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Washington Irving: Literature\Writer\Historical  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.84.168
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 120
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.84.168