The Very First Drawing of The Headless Horseman Darley, 1850 Felix O.C Darley

Darley’s lithograph
Colorized version by Sleepy Hollow Press

In 1850, Felix O.C Darley’s lithograph of the Headless Horseman chasing Ichabod was released for the first time by the American Art-Union in a folio edition of the story for its members.

This is the first time the Headless Horseman ever appears as an illustration.

The first photo is Darley’s original lithograph, the second is a modern colorized version released by the Sleepy Hollow Press department of Sleepy Hollow Restorations in the 1980’s (later to become Historic Hudson Valley). Colorized photo provide by Julia McCue, owner of Horsefeathers restaurant located in Tarrytown.