Darley, F. O. C.

Renowned 19th Century illustrator of works by Poe, Dickens, Dodge, Hawthorne, Cooper, Irving, Stowe, etc,

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(Felix Octavius Carr Darley, 1822-1888) American painter in watercolor and illustrator, known for his illustrations in works by 19th century authors, including: James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Mary Maples Dodge, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Donald Grant Mitchell, Clement Clarke Moore, Frances Parkman, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Nathaniel Parker Willis. Born in Philadelphia, he was a self-taught and prolific artist who started out as a staff artist for a Philadelphia publishing company where he was given a wide variety of assignments. After moving to New York, his work began to appear in magazines such as Harper's Weekly and in books by various publishers. Darley made 500 drawings for Lossing's “History of the United States”. Among his lithographic illustrations are those for Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". His style, facility, versatility, and merit of his numerous works make him one of the most noteworthy of American illustrators. Darley contracted with Edgar Allan Poe on Jan. 31, 1843, to create illustrations for his upcoming literary journal “The Stylus”. “The Stylus” was never actually produced but he provided illustrations for the final installments of the 1st serial publication of Poe's "The Gold-Bug" later that year. In 1848, Darley provided drawings for the 1st fully illustrated edition of Irving's "Rip Van Winkle", printed and distributed by the American Art-Union. That year, he also illustrated an edition of Irving's “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” and his “Wolfert's Roost” in 1855. Over his career, he produced nearly 350 drawings for James Fenimore Cooper, later collected in an 1859-61 multi-volume edition of Cooper's novels. In 1868, after a visit to Europe, he published “Sketches Abroad with Pen and Pencil”. His water color paintings of incidents in American history are spirited and his bank-note vignettes are also worthy of mention. His Victorian mansion home in Claymont, Delaware, now known as the Darley House, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Signed 2 x 4 slip, corners clipped but frameable nonetheless.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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