St. Louis Mercantile Library

M-156: Felix Darley Illustration Collection

 

HISTORY: Artist Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822-1888) set the standard for nineteenth-century book illustration. The range of his artistic talents included engraving, wash drawing, woodcut, and lithography. Darley's long and distinguished career witnessed the gradual importance of book illustration in the mass cultural setting of his day. Not only did his designs meet the visions of a growing American reading public, he also helped set the stage for the eventual triumph of book illustration as an independent graphic art form. Indeed, Darley illustrated for some of the greatest authors of the nineteenth century, including Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving, James Fennimore Cooper, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Alfred Lord Tennyson, and many others. Many examples of his work can be found in the Mercantile Library's vast nineteenth-century book collections.

ACCESS: An exhibition catalog with selected illustrations for Special Collection M-156 is available on site: Stories on Stone: The Darley Lithographs for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" & "Rip Van Winkle." Some of the material may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.