The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane

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The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane
Man on horse being pursued by headless man on horse.
Artist John Quidor
Year 1858 (1858)
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 68.3 cm × 86 cm (26.9 in × 34 in)
Location Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Accession 1994.120

The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane (1858) is a painting by American artist John Quidor, depicting a scene from Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

The painting is one of several by the artist based on scenes from Irving's written works about Dutch New York, including such paintings as Ichabod Crane Flying from the Headless Horseman (1828) and The Return of Rip Van Winkle (1849).[1][2]

Quidor first exhibited the picture at the National Academy of Design in New York City.[3] It is currently displayed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.[4]


  1. ^ Caldwell, John; Rodriguez Roque, Oswaldo (1994). Kathleen Luhrs, ed. American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Volume I: a Catalogue of Works by Artists Born By 1815. Dale T. Johnson, Carrie Rebora, Patricia R. Windels. Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press. pp. 479–482. 
  2. ^ Roger Panetta, ed. (2009). Dutch New York: the roots of Hudson Valley culture. Hudson River Museum. pp. 223–235. ISBN 978-0-8232-3039-6. 
  3. ^ The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Oxford University Press. 2011. pp. 216–217. ISBN 9780195335798. 
  4. ^ "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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