Plaque commemorating Washington Irving
Dark green/black patinated bronze
Overall: 36 1/4 x 33 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 92.1 x 84.5 x 3.8 cm )
Rectangular cast iron plaque with molded egg-and-dart border; bas-relief portrait of Washington Irving at upper center flanked by dates and above inscription.
Gift of Mr. Alfred Van Santvoord Olcott, Former President of the Hudson River Day Line
molded: "1783 1859/ WASHINGTON IRVING/ AN EMINENT AMERICAN WRITER/ WHO LIVED ON THE HUDSON/ LOVED IT AND IMMORTALIZED/ ITS LEGENDS AND ITS HISTORY" incised: at lower right corner: "V. D. Brenner Sc"
According to the accession records, this plaque was mounted in the Hudson River steamboat "Washington Irving" of the Hudson River Day Line. The designer was Victor B. Brenner (1871-1924), a Russian artist who came to New York in 1890, and the writer of the inscription was Charles W. Eliot. When the ship sank in the Hudson, the plaque was salvaged by divers.
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