†The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Creator:††††††††† Felix Octavius Carr Darley, 1822-1888†††††††††††††††††††††††
Acc. No.:†††††††† [various Ė see detailed description]
Quantity:††††††† 13 items
Location:††††††† 3 I 10
Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822-1888) was mid-nineteenth century
Darley was born in
At the age of 14, Darley began an apprenticeship as a clerk for the Philadelphia Dispatch Transportation Line, but left four years later to begin a career as a commercial illustrator and designer. Before he was 20, Darley was appointed staff illustrator for Grahamís Ladyís and Gentlemanís Magazine, working with John Sartain, Thomas Sully, and Edgar Allen Poe. His comic, genre scenes appeared in many magazines and by the mid-1840's in popular books as well.† Among his works were Washington Irving's Rip van Winkle and The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, and Sylvester Judd's Margaret.†
Darley exhibited in many art exhibitions including the National Academy
of Design, the Brooklyn Art Association and the Philadelphia Centennial
Exhibition in 1876.† Darley and his wife
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection consists of nine letters written by Darley concerning his work; two pencil sketches by Darley, including studies for bank note designs and sketches of men digging; one of his engravings ("Death of Col. Baker"); and "Illustrations of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow," designed and etched by Darley for members of the American Art Union in 1849.
The letters are in one group and the illustrations in another.
Gifts and purchases from various sources.
††††††††††† Pencil drawing, American.
††††††††††† Illustration of books.
††††††††††† Illustrated children's books.
Additional title: (246)
††††††††††† ††††††††††† Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
Location: 3 I 10
66x145.2† †††††† letter dated 1873 to Geo. W. Casilear,
concerning a design for a
67x118a† †††††††† letter dated 1857 to Geo. P. Putnam, concerning sending a drawing for "Washington and Lee at Monmouth"
68x114.1† †††††† letter dated 1855 to Cozzens, about getting printing blocks and attending to a design
69x50† ††††††††††††††††††††††† part of an undated letter, listing drawings for Shakespearean plays
69x51† ††††††††††††††††††††††† typed letter dated 1887, to J.M. Stoddart & Company listing "models" from Shakespeare plays
75x83.1†† ††††††† letter dated 1862 to Mr. Richardson concerning choice of illustrations for the "Sketch Book"
76x119† ††††††††† letter dated 1880 to Houghton, Mifflin & Co. about copyright and payment
85x82.1† †††††††† letter dated 1868 to Miss Bierstadt, contributing a sketch to her collection
85x82.2† †††††††† letter dated 1868 to Miss Bierstadt, describing the sketch he sent as "not very sublime" and describing an illustrator's work as dealing with "a variety of subjects from Tom Thumb to Homer's Iliad".
75x83.2† †††††††† pencil studies for bank note designs.† Drawing shows figures loading ox cart.†
††††††††††††††††††††††† on reverse: sketch of figures in medieval costumes
68x114.2 ††††††† pencil sketches of men digging with pick and digging up skull.†
††††††††††††††††††††††† on reverse are sketches of men sitting at table
67x118b† ††††††† engraving of "Death of Col. Baker"
92x51†† †††††††††† Illustrations of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, designed and etched by F. O. C. Darley for the members of The American Art-Union, 1849
Copies of books with Darley's illustrations are available in the Printed Books and Periodicals Department of the Library.