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Charles Maurice Detmold

1883 - 1908

Condor by Charles Maurice Detmold

Condor   1903

  Original etching
Signed with monogram in the plate.
Campbell Dodgson 6
S 262 x 173 mm; P 115 x 78 mm; I 103 x 70 mm
Etched jointly by Charles Maurice & Edward Julius Detmold.

Very good impression – a proof aside from the published edition, printed under the supervision of Edward Julius Detmold during the early 1920’s for the Sloane Gallery.

This brilliant etching was the product of an unique collaboration. 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. The impressive harmony and finish of their remarkable joint works is evidence of the uncanny unity of minds of these twins.

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. Condor is the finest and most dramatic of these four etchings.

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.

On smooth simile Japan paper, with full margins. Very fine condition.