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Edward Julius Detmold (1883-1957), Painter, etcher and illustrator

Painter and printmaker; born 21 November 1883 in London, with twin brother (Charles) Maurice. Raised as orphan in Hampstead; aged 13 exhibited drawings (RA 1897) and began printmaking; Eight Proof Etchings of birds and animals (1898); Pictures from Birdland (1899); remarkable joint prints with Maurice 1898–1906; illustrations for Kipling’s Jungle Book (publ. 1903); elected associate, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers 1905; continued working after Maurice’s death (1908); by 1930s virtually forgotten; committed suicide 1 July 1957, in Montgomery, Wales.

…just two fresh, frank, straightforward English boys, as shy and modest as English boys usually are and ought to be, possessing unlimited faith in their own powers, yet in no way exaggerating to themselves the excellence of their craftsmen’s ability or the limits of their own genius. [1]

Carol Blackett-Ord

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1) Spielmann 1900b.

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Alfrey & Verdi 1983
Alfrey, N., and R. Verdi, Charles Maurice (1883–1908) and Edward Julius Detmold (1883–1908): A Centenary Exhibition, exh. cat., Universities of York and Nottingham and Natural History Museum, London: York, 1983.

Dodgson 1922
Dodgson, C., ‘Maurice and Edward Detmold’, Print Collector’s Quarterly, vol.9, 1922, pp.373–405 (originally publ. in Die Graphischen Künste, 33, Vienna, 1910, pp.17–24).

Dodgson 2004a
Dodgson, C., ‘Detmold, (Charles) Maurice (1883–1908)’, rev. C. Serhan, ODNB, Oxford, 2004.

Engen 2007
Engen, R., The Age of Enchantment: Beardsley, Dulac and their Contemporaries 1890–1930, exh. cat., Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 2007.

Lago 1982
Lago, M., ed., Burne-Jones Talking, London, 1982.

Spielmann 1900b
Spielmann, M.H., ‘Two Boys – Maurice and Edward Detmold’, Magazine of Art, 1900, pp.112–18.