Washington Irving‘s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” wouldn’t exist if his family had not fled New York City in fear of yet another plague of Yellow Fever. Settling in Tarrytown, Irving was exposed to the legend of the Headless Horseman. Later when writing his book, “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent“, (which also contains “Rip van Winkle“), Irving used the legend and local characters to inspire the tale of Ichabod Crane. The cemetery and bridge mentioned in the story can still be visited in the Hudson River Valley.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board