1887 Photogravure Raven Rock Buttermilk Hill Pocantico River Sleepy Hollow LSH1


"The Glen at Raven Rock"

This is an original 1887 sepia photogravure of the glen at Raven Rock that is part of Buttermilk Hill on the banks of the Pocantico River near the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown in the town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, New York (NY), USA during the late 19th century. The village is famous for being the setting of Washington Irving's short story entitled, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The Raven Rock is said to be the haunt of a ghostly woman in white, and American Indian maiden, and the spirit of a colonial girl who committed suicide there to avoid marrying an amorous Tory during the Revolutionary War.

This photogravure is from a Limited Edition Number 55 of 600.


This 126+ year old Item is rated Near Mint. Light aging in margins. Light creasing. Light surface rub - left margin. Please note: There is a plate impression bordering the image in this print.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Sepia
  • Grade: Near Mint
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.5 x 13.5 inches; 27 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is proud to offer a rare collection from 1887 of large-format photogravures, (some with with plate impressions) by J.L. Williams, that capture the landscapes and landmarks of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, New York, and lithographs by artist Felix Octavius Carr Darley that illustrate iconic scenes from American author Washington Irving's literary classic, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was originally published as part of "The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." in 1820. "The Sketchbook" became one of the most widely read works of American literature in Britain or Europe, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" quickly became regarded as one of Irving's finest and best known works. The text on the photogravures are also part of the gravure printing process - an unusual, but valuable characteristic that enhances the beauty of the images. The collection is from a Limited Edition, Number 55 of 600 copies. A copy of the edition provenance will be included with each item. Produced on very heavy stock, these museum-grade photogravures and lithographs are in immaculate condition and are perfect for framing.

Photography by J.L. Williams.