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Edward Julius Detmold

  1883 – 1957
 
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Tiger, Butterflies and Fan Palms / The Jungle King

Tiger, Butterflies and Fan Palms / The Jungle King   c.1924 / 1925

Original etching with aquatint, printed in colours.

The most famous of E.J. Detmold’s works and an outstanding masterpiece of colour printmaking,

An outstanding rarity – the printing of this plate was so complex and time consuming that Detmold printed only 12 impressions of this spectacular colour etching and aquatint – each impression must be considered unique, as for each printing the artist had to apply and blend the inks by hand, making all twelve impressions distinct from one another. Only seven other impressions of this magnificent colour print can been located today, of which five are in private collections and two are in the permanent museum collections.

£20,000



Condor sold

Condor   1903

Original etching.

Etched jointly by Charles Maurice & Edward Julius Detmold.
Proof aside from the published edition.

SOLD



The Captive sold

The Captive   1923

Original etching.

Superb impression, printed in dark brown ink, from the only edition of 100 signed proofs.

SOLD



Off to the Fishing Grounds sold

Off to the Fishing Grounds   1899

Original etching.

Outstanding impression printed in dark brown ink with selectively wiped plate tone. A superb early impression of this large etching, signed in pencil by the artist and dated 1900 for display at the first major public exhibition of the twin brothers’ work, held at the Fine Art Society in May that year.

SOLD



Cockatoo sold

Cockatoo   1924

Original etching with aquatint.

Excellent signed proof impression from the only edition.

SOLD



Eagle

Eagle   1902

Original etching.

Etched jointly by Charles Maurice & Edward Julius Detmold.
Proof aside from the published edition.

£275



Peacocks (large plate)

Peacocks (large plate)   c.1925

Original drypoint.

Excellent impression with fresh drypoint burr, from the only edition.

£420



Grasshopper and Ants

Grasshopper and Ants   c.1925

Original etchings, overworked in pencil. Numbered by the artist in pencil.

Unique series of six working proofs, extensively worked up in pencil by the artist.

£750 – the set of six proofs.

 

At the age of fourteen the twin brothers Charles Maurice and Edward Julius Detmold had been introduced to etching, and by the age of sixteen, both had achieved an astonishing mastery of this printmaking process. In 1899 they began an extraordinary collaboration in which both brothers would work together in the production of a single plate.

Only 10 etchings were produced by the twins in this joint manner and exceptionally few impressions of these were printed at the time, for the artists’ personal interests alone. In 1900 they began a custom, which lasted only four years, of producing towards Christmas-time a joint etching for presentation to their friends.

In early 1906, the brothers completed their last joint etching and two years later, in a fit of deep depression, Charles Maurice Detmold committed suicide by inhaling chloroform at the age of only 24.

After his brothers suicide, Edward Julius Detmold virtually ceased etching until soon after the British publication of Campbell Dodgson’s article on the early works of the Detmold twins in Print Collector’s Quarterly (Dec. 1922, p.373). The appearance of this article caused a huge surge of interest in the Detmolds’ printed works and pursuaded Edward Julius Detmold to recommence etching.

During this second rich and creative chapter of his life, Edward Julius Detmold produced a number of highly imaginative etchings and drypoints often with Eastern or Oriental themes. It was during this exceptionally fruitful phase of Edward Julius Detmold’s career that he was to produce his great masterworks of colour etching and aquatint.