Place and Imprint: New York, circa 1890.
Condition: In fine condition.
Book ID: 22858
Physical Description70 x 54.5 cm, oil on canvas, in a simple (and probably original) oak frame. On the back of the canvas are the large neat block letters identifying the subject.
Comments¶ Charles A. Gray was born in Iowa in 1857. He painted portraits of presidents McKinley and Garfield and playwright Eugene O'Neil, among others. This copy of the popular image of Irving was undoubtedly made to sell in his gallery. Gray made similar copies of other prominent American literary figures, including Harriet Beecher Stowe. This image is after a photographic portrait of Irving that was widely circulated during Irving's final years. The genesis of the photograph is not certain, but it was believed to have been taken circa 1850 by John Plumbe, sometime associate of Mathew Brady.