a beautifully detailed painting by shinn for one of his favorite stories. This particular image of the young, intoxicated Rip resting against a tree with his flagon of liquor in hand while the group of dwarves look on. It is similar to, but not exactly like, the endpapers in his book version of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, illustrated by Shinn. (New York: Garden City Publishing, 1939).
In the foreword to the book, Shinn tells the story of the "very curious affair" that stimulated his desire to illustrate Irving's immortal tale. He describes how he picked up a dusty old copy of the book in a cottage he was renting at the foot of the Catskill Mountains the prior autumn. Wandering outside, he believed he had found the exact location where it took place, and fell into his own waking dream where, through a rainstorm, he followed Rip to an old cabin but lost sight of him in the woods. After his landlord tells him the old cabin was built by a man named Van Winkle but that there hadn't been a rainstorm for weeks, Shinn, still feeling his still soggy clothing, remarks that he believes every word of the tale and "went home and started work on my illustrations"--from the Foreword, April, 1939.