• My Account
  • About
  • Contact Us
  • Donate
  • Keep in Touch
  • 0

Today the High is Closed

  • Tickets
  • Membership
  • Directions
  • Exhibitions
  • Calendar
  • Visitor Info
  • Contact Us
    Advanced Search
    Back to Collection
    View Larger

    Artist Name:

    Felix Octavius Carr Darley

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1822–1888


    The Repose


    ca. 1861


    Watercolor and gouache on paper, mounted on canvas


    14 1/2 x 24 9/16 inches

    Credit Line:


    Accession Number:


    Currently Out on Loan
    Often called the father of American illustration, Felix Octavius Carr Darley was best known for his renderings of distinctively American subjects such as turkeys, corn husks, and covered wagons, among others. Darley was regularly commissioned to create vignettes for bank notes and gained an international reputation. When Prince Napoleon, the cousin of Emperor Napoleon III, visited the United States in 1861, he commissioned four pictures from Darley. The Repose is a watercolor version of one of these commissioned works. Featuring two youths reclining beneath a tree, the charming scene would have appealed to the conservative Victorian sentiments that prevailed at mid-century.

    Reproduction of digital images, including downloading, is governed by copyright laws and international conventions. Please contact the Images and Rights Coordinator for information concerning permissions or to request digital photography of works in the High's collection.

    Please Note: Not all permanent collection works are currently on view. Please contact the Museum concerning the on view status for a specific work if required.

    Nope ×
    Close ×
    Close ×
    Answer one question. Improve our website.

    Today, I’m visiting the High's website:

    Done. Thank you!

    What is this?

    We’re always looking for ways to improve our site, so we want to know why you’re here and how we can help you find the information you need. For specific questions or comments about our website or this survey, please contact us. Thanks for your help!