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Washington Irving Plaquette

Washington Irving Plaquette
Title
Washington Irving Plaquette
Date 
1912
Medium 
Bronze
Dimensions 
Overall: 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 5/16 in. ( 8.2 x 8.9 x 0.8 cm )
Description 
Bronze struck uniface plaquette, a reduction of a large tablet mounted on the wall of Washington Irving High School, New York City, depicts bust-length portrait of Washington Irving in bas-relief, within a circular panel, facing three-quarters to the left and flanked by dates: "1783" and "1859"; inscription below: "ERECTED BY/THE SAINT NICHOLAS SOCIETY OF THE CITY/OF NEW YORK/IN APPRECIATION OF/WASHINGTON IRVING/HIS CHARACTER-HIS GENIVS-AND HIS SERVICES/AS A FOVNDER OF THE SOCIETY."
Object Number 
1939.397
Gallery Label 
Washington Irving (1783-1859), an American writer of English-Scottish descent born in New York City, was the first American to make a living solely from writing. In 1809, using a pen name "Diedrich Knickerbocker," Irving wrote his famous "History of New-York" where he described with great humor the lives of the early Dutch settlers of Manhattan. Irving was also the founder of the St. Nicholas Society of New York. Irving's portrait on this plaquette is based on the painting by C.R. Leslie.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group