Edward Julius Detmold1883 – 1957
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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.