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F.O.C. Darley meets Lord Bulwer Lytton in Paris, December, 1867


Darley had a great way of describing people. In the only book that he wrote, Sketches Abroad With Pen and Pencil, he tells of meeting Bulwer Lytton "whose abundant hair and prominent nose and excess of beard and moustache, suggested Mephistophiles. As he came into the room... he stood, with his hat in his hand behind him, so close to the fire that I was much concerned, and expected someone would have been obliged . His elevated brows and staring eyes conveyed the idea of a man who had been taken by surprise when he was born, and never gotten over it!"

Felix O.C. Darley, Sketches Abroad with Pen and Pencil (New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1868 p. 65-67)


The comments above are prefaced:

On Thursday evening, we went to a reception at the American Minister's, where we found the house filled with Americans. Dore', the artist, was also there; a remarkably mild looking young man of thirty, or thereabout, -- his face exhibiting no indication of the vigorous genius for which his works are so remarkable. There, we also met Bulwer, whose abundant hair..." (per above).


"It is worth noting that these sketches were just that, sketches that Darley did "from abroad to my family at home, and for their especial pleasure and benefit. At the suggestion of a friend, I was induced to put them into type and use them as a thread whereon to hang the illustrations ... for the most part, drawn from railroad cars ... the reader will take them for what they are worth...I have sketched only, and finished nothing." (F.O.C. Darley in the preface to the book.)


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