"C.M.D" "E.D" [printed into top corners of the image. [n.d. c.1920.]
Etching. Plate 110 x 110mm. 4¼ x 4¼".
This etching is one of the very few etchings produced over four years by the Detmold twins for distribution at Christmas. This impression is double Initalled for both brothers and signed in pencil by Edward. The brothers' individual monograms appear upper left and right in the etching. Edward supervised and edition of the etchings in a very limited number of proofs in 1920. An Eagle with wings spread stands on a branch, below is a bag with 'amitié ' written on it. Edward Julius Detmold (1883-1957) was twin brother to Charles Maurice Detmold (1883-1908). The pair were among the artists associated with the Golden Age of Illustration. They worked together making sketches at the Zoological Gardens and exhibited together from the age of fourteen. He became one of the best Edwardian animal illustrators, known for his subtle placement of animals within their natural environment. Edward expressed artistic versatility and published a number of books of fine fantasy drawings in the 1920s; they portrayed a vivid imagination and he utilised warm colouring, which suited the period. The Jungle Book (1908) was to be the last substantial commission that the brothers worked on - due to the death of Charles in that same year. The extraordinary success of their illustrations to accompany Kipling's classic tale, however, firmly established the reputation for Edward and the following year, a suite of illustrations prepared to Aesop's tales were published in The Fables of Aesop (1909).
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