Peacocks (Upright Plate). 1905. Etching. Dodgson10.vi. 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 (sheet 10 3/4 x 8 1/8). Illustrated: Print Collector's Quarterly 9 (1923): 339. A fine, richly inked impression with plate tone, printed on simili-Japan paper. Signed in pencil by Edward Julius, and initialed by him for himself and for his late twin brother. $875.
Changing Pastures. c. 1926. Etching. 6 15/16 x 14 3/8 (sheet 10 3/4 x 17 3/4). Printed on the full sheet of cream 'AN 1922' 'England' laid paper. Signed in pencil. $550.
Evening. 1926. Etching. 6 x 12 1/8 (sheet 10 1/2 x 15 1/2). Edition 100, #44. Printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Signed and numbered in pencil. $550.
Homecoming of the King. 1926. Drypoint and aquatint. 8 x 13 3/8 (sheet 14 1/2 x 18 7/8). Edition 75, # 21. A fine impression with selective plate tone, printed on the full sheet of Japanese mulberry paper. Signed and numbered in pencil. A large, impressive image. $750.
Summer Solstice. c. 1920. Colour etching and aquatint, printed à la poupée. 20 7/8 x 12 3/4 (sheet 24 x 16 1/2). Edition 12, #7. A fine, richly inked impression on Japanese mulberry paper with fresh, vibrant colors. Signed, numbered and annotated 'E.J.D. imp' in pencil indicating a proof printed by the artist. $7,500.
Edward Julius Detmold and his twin brother, Charles Maurice, were born in London in 1883. Due to their father's illness, they were tutored by an uncle, Dr. E B Shuldham, who had acquired a notable collection of Japanese woodblock prints of plants and animals. The brothers drew animals and plants at a very early age, and at 13 they exhibited nature studies at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters. The Detmolds subsequently learned techniques of watercolour etching and of colour printing with copper plates. In 1898 they published their first sequence of colour etchings of animals and flowering plants in the Japanese style. These were much admired and the edition sold out quickly. The etchings achieved great success in 1900 in a special exhibition at the Fine Art Society's Gallery in London, where this etching was first shown.
Maurice Detmold committed suicide in 1908. Stunned by his twin's death, Edward etched only one or two more plates, and then concentrated upon watercolours. In 1922 he took up etching again after Campbell Dodgson wrote an appreciative article about the Detmolds for the Print Collector's Quarterly.
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