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Washington Irving (1783-1859)

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Washington Irving (1783-1859)
Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794-1859 (Artist)

Paintings at the New York Public Library

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1820
Library locations
New York Public Library Archives
Shelf locator: Edna Barnes Salomon Room Paintings
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
Acquisition: Purchased by James Lenox from Leslie's estate (1860)
Physical Description
Oil paintings
Washington Irving was one of America's first best-selling authors, and is remembered today for such tales as "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The write was the toast of London when his artist-friend Charles Leslie painted him in 1820. The two men first became acquainted in 1815, and remained close friends for more than a decade. Although Leslie was born in England, he was raised in Philadelphia, but returned to his native land as sixteen to study painting. A talented portrait, history and genre painter, Leslie was elected a member of the prestigious Royal Academy in 1821. Washington Irving also spent many years abroad, but retired permanently to his estate, Sunnyside, located on the Hudson River above New York City, in 1846. Irving was a close friend of John Jacob Astor and his Astoria (1836) was a history of the millionaire's Pacific Fur Company. Washington Irving was appointed to the board of the Astor Library in Astor's will, and he served as the library's first president until his death.
Type of Resource
Still image
Other local Identifier: Lenox Library Art Gallery project
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9df878a0-c7de-0135-32fb-4ddd541beda7
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1794: Creator Born
  • 1820: Created
  • 1859: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

New York Public Library Archives, The New York Public Library. "Washington Irving (1783-1859)" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1820. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6136a050-c7f1-0135-42af-13ddd345e7fb

Chicago/Turabian Format

New York Public Library Archives, The New York Public Library. "Washington Irving (1783-1859)" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 30, 2023. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6136a050-c7f1-0135-42af-13ddd345e7fb

APA Format

New York Public Library Archives, The New York Public Library. (1820). Washington Irving (1783-1859) Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6136a050-c7f1-0135-42af-13ddd345e7fb

Wikipedia Citation

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Washington Irving (1783-1859)