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. Rich ink impression. Repaired tear at bottom into text and left hand margin. Small chip at top filled. Light staining in margins with small spot in image in sky. 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 producing drawings for prints, magazines, and more than 200 books.