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For Immediate Release:

"The Enduring Legacy of F.O.C. Darley"
Panel Discussion on March 5

F.O.C. Darley (1822-1888) detail of Pfalz Castle, on the Rhine, 1866, Collection Brandywine River Museum, Museum Purchase, 2005.
(Chadds Ford, PA February 25, 2013) Enjoy an entertaining and enlightening evening of conversation about F.O.C Darley, the most popular illustrator of the mid-19th century, who lived in Claymont, Delaware for nearly 30 years. The lively panel discussion will take place at the Brandywine River Museum on March 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822-1888) was a self-taught artist who received international renown for his illustrations, immortalizing the fictional characters created by the most famous authors of his day, including Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper.

"The demand for Darley's work was so high that new books were promoted as 'illustrated by Darley' to sell more copies," said Audrey Lewis, associate curator. "He also was important to the tradition of illustration as it developed in the Brandywine Valley through Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth."

The panel will feature Darley scholar Georgia Barnhill, curator of graphic arts emerita at the American Antiquarian Society, and Gail Stanislow, Delaware history scholar and Brandywine River Museum librarian. Topics will include Darley's many and varied commissions, his use of humor, and his local connection to the greater Brandywine Valley region.

Admission is $20 for adults and $16 for members. Tickets available at the door (no advanced sales). A reception follows with cash bar.

At 5 p.m., curator Audrey Lewis will lead a tour of The Magic Pencil of the Amazing F.O.C. Darley. The exhibition features works from the Brandywine River Museum's rich permanent collection, rarely seen prints on loan from the Darley Society and several important works on loan from private collectors. Bank notes and bonds illustrated by Darley, a sketch book from his European tour, as well as examples of his important historical drawings and more, are also on view.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, $6 for students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under six. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to noon from January 13 through November 24 (except during the Antiques Show on Memorial Day weekend). For more information, please call 610-388-2700 or visit

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