Edward & Maurice Detmold
Printmakers and illustrators Charles Maurice Detmold (1883 - 1908) and Edward Julius Detmold (1883 - 1957) were raised by an uncle, a noted collector of oriental prints and porcelain. Together with his brother, the painter Henry E. Detmold, the two uncles encouraged the remarkable artistic talent of their nephews, which first manifested itself in depictions of animals that betrayed the Oriental influence of their domestic surroundings as well as the work of masters like Dürer and their own contemporaries, who were steeped in Art Nouveau sensibilities. As early as age 13, their watercolors were exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute, and subsequently the brothers mastered watercolor etching and color printing with copper plates in their own studio. An early portfolio of their etchings was highly successful, leading to numerous commissions from leading publishers. If anything, the death of Maurice by his own hand in 1908 seemed only to redouble Edward's energies and output. He threw himself into his work and produced a remarkable body of meticulous and sensitive illustrations until he retired in the 1920s to Montgomeryshire with his widowed sister as companion. He died there in 1957.
Etching, 1904; edition not stated. Image size 6-3/4” x 8-7/8”; sheet size 16-5/8” x 13-3/8”. Published by Macmillan & Co., London. A spectacular example of the etcher's art in fine condition.