Edward Julius Detmold

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Edward Julius Detmold

by Charles Maurice Detmold
Pencil with white heightening on olive green paper, 1899
10 1/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (258 mm x 175 mm)
NPG 3037

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Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated with monogram lower right: ‘18 MD 99’.
On reverse, sketch of a dead mallard;
inscr. in pencil in various hands: ‘M.DETMOLD’ [mirror writing] / ‘M.Detmold by Himself’.

This portraitback to top

On the reverse of NPG 3037 is a pen and ink sketch of a dead mallard, and pencil inscriptions in various hands. These raise the possibility that both it and NPG 3036 might be self-portraits rather than portraits of the other brother. For the present, and in the absence of other images of the boys, their identities remain as established by Marion Harry Spielmann in 1900. [1]

Carol Blackett-Ord

Footnotesback to top

1) Spielmann 1900b, NPG 3037 repr. p.112: the identification rests on the caption to the illustration. See also Spielmann’s 1939 letter to Henry Hake, 23 Feb. 1939, NPG RP 3023: ‘N.B. In regard to the portraits of Maurice and Edward Detmold, which you now have, I have referred to my article on them in the Magazine of Art of 1900, and I find confirmation of my belief that the portrait of Maurice was drawn by Edward, and that of Edward drawn by Maurice.’

Physical descriptionback to top

Head-and-shoulders, profile to left.

Provenanceback to top

Given by Marion Harry Spielmann, 1939.

Exhibitionsback to top

The Age of Enchantment: Beardsley, Dulac and their Contemporaries 1890–1930, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 2007 (78).

Reproductionsback to top

Spielmann 1900, p.112.

A Collection of Watercolours, Drawings and Etchings by Charles Maurice and Edward Julius Detmold, Bonhams, 20 June 1990, p.5 (intro.).

Engen 2007, no.78.

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