A hand coloured, antique steel engraving of the American 19th century writer Washington Irving (1783 - 1859). This print published circa 1860. Irving's mother named him after George Washington, and Irving met his namesake at age 6, when George Washington was living in New York. Irving was an American short-story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820), both of which appear in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Print size: 22.5cm x 15.5cm
Mount size: 37cm x 28.5cm