|Title||Washington Irving's House|
Oil painting by Humbert Arcamonte titled "Washington Irving's House," 1939.
The painting was loaned to Queens College by the WPA in 1939.
One may have faith that truth will triumph over deceit, and still believe that myth is stronger than truth. In the case of "Washington Irving House" at the southwest corner of 17th Street and Irving Place, the Irving myth is tenacious. But it is hard to see how the picturesque little house can survive. Washington Irving was one of the preminent cultural figures of early 19th century New York culture, author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" and influential in the creation of Central Park. In the 1840s hebegan spending most of his time at Sunnyside, his country seat in Tarrytown, N.Y., where he died in 1859.
Excerpted from Why the Legend of Irving Place is but a Myth, by Christopher Gray; New York Times, Sunday, March 13, 1994.
|Dimensions||H-20 W-24 inches|
20th Century AD