Darley was primarily known as an illustrator in the 19th century. He worked for "Harper's Monthly" and numerous famous authors of the day, including James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. In the 1840s he signed a contract with Edgar Allan Poe to work on his journal the "Stylus." The project never materialized, but he did provide illustrations to Poe's short story "The Gold Bug." Darley is known to have produced lithographs of Native Americans; this may be a study for one of these prints.


  • Title: Indians on the Trail
  • Creator: Felix Octavius Carr Darley (American, 1822-1888)
  • Date Created: Before 1878
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Felix Octavius Carr Darley (American, 1822-1888)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest
  • Object Type: drawings
  • Medium: ink on paper
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower right: F.O.C. Darley. fecit
  • Geography: Place Depicted: United States
  • Exhibitions: American Drawings from the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Dimensions: H: 10 7/8 x W: 15 3/16 in. (27.6 x 38.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.915

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