DETMOLD, Edward (1883-1957), DETMOLD, Maurice (1883-1908). Sixteen Illustrations of Subjects from Kipling's "Jungle Book." London: MacMillan and Co., 1903.
Folio. 16 chromolithograph plates, each with printed leaf of descriptive text, housed in original green cloth gilt portfolio, 31 additional color trial proofs on various papers, many annotated by the artist and/or printer, housed in a separate green cloth portfolio with printed label to upper cover; the two volumes housed together in custom ecru clamshell box (plates and proofs are 13 x 17 inches, tiny tears on edges of title page, some spotting on the text leaves, repairs to two 1.5 inch tears on proof #17 of ‘Council Rock’ and repairs to a half inch tear and torn corner on an unmarked proof of ‘Baloo in the Forest’).
Provenance: Bonham’s sale 23413, Lot 91.
FIRST EDITION, WITH ADDITIONAL COLOR TRIAL PROOFS, SOME ANNOTATED BY EDWARD DETMOLD. The additional plates include "Council Rock" (one final and 8 color trial proofs); "Mowgli and Bageera" (one final and 3 color trial proofs); and "Baloo in the Forest" (2 finals and 16 color trial proofs, including one heavily edited by Edward Detmold).
Edward and Maurice Detmold, twin brothers, were talented illustrators by the age of 13, “From the age of five both boys showed an interest in drawing animals at London zoo and spent six months studying drawing at the Hampstead Conservatoire. Precociously talented, they first exhibited at the Royal Academy at the age of thirteen, attracting the attention of Edward Burne-Jones,” (NPG 3037). Their work was dedicated to the masterful illumination of animals in particular, and became highly sought after in Edwardian society. Many of their illustrations reflect influence from Japanese art, Albrecht Dürer, and the Art Nouveau movement.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
"The end result of this incongruous joining together of the quasi-scientific and the ornamental is an image which is both fanciful and often rather disturbing." (Diana Johnson, RISD: Fantastic Illustration and Design in Great Britain, 1850-1930).
Edward and Maurice published the plates for Kipling’s The Jungle Book in 1903 when they were twenty years old, five years before the illustrations were resized and published with the text. Dark and bold, with beautifully defined characters set in elegant yet wild environments, these plates best represent the influence of Dürer’s striking woodcuts on the Detmold brothers’ art. From a review published in the 1904 issue of the magazine The Studio, “Their study of natural history enabled the clever young artists to choose without difficulty a number of subjects especially well-suited to their powers of illustration, and the decorative treatment of the various animals and reptiles, as well as of the figure of Mowgli himself, displays skillful and sound draughtsmanship.” This was to be their last project together, as Maurice committed suicide in 1908. Edward continued to paint and print illustrations for hugely successful books such as The Fables of Aesop (1909) and Maeterlinck's The Life of the Bee (1911). In 1957, due to a depression that set in after two world wars, Edward took his life and followed Maurice in death.
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List of illustrations:
THE COLD LAIRS
AKEELA THE LONE WOLF
MOWGLI AND BAGHEERA
BALOO OF THE FOREST
MOWGLI LEAVING THE JUNGLE
KAA THE PYTHON
THE VILLAGE CLUB
THE RETURN OF THE BUFFALO HERD
SHERE KHAN IN JUNGLE
MOWGLI AND THE LONE WOLF
ELEPHANT WITH TRAPPINGS
TOOMAI OF THE ELEPHANTS