F.O.C. Darley (1822- 1888). “The Last Words of Captain Nathan Hale, the Hero-Martyr of the American Revolution.”
Cincinnati: Henry Howe, 1861. From Adventures and Achievements of Americans by Henry Howe. 9 ½ x 12 (paper). Engraving by Alexander Ritchie. Partial hand color. Two small chips in paper along top edge and tear in upper right corner repaired. Light staining in margins. Else, good condition.
A dramatic print of the hanging of Nathan Hale from a publication that contained a total of twelve prints illustrating the heroism, self-reliance, genius and enterprise of the American people. Born in Philadelphia, Felix Darley was one of America’s first well known illustrators. He worked in both Philadelphia and New York before eventually settling in Claymont, Delaware. There he worked for the producing drawings for prints, magazines, and more than 200 books.