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Edward Julius Detmold ARE (1883-1957)

Edward Julius Detmold, ARE (1883-1957)

Whether working as a painter, printmaker or illustrator, Edward Julius Detmold produced images that are meticulous and intense. As a result of his developing speciality in animals and plants, they are also highly distinctive. His approach was forged in a close collaboration with his twin brother, Maurice, but his career was able to survive Maurice’s suicide in 1908, and flourish into the 1930s.

Edward Julius Detmold and his twin brother, Charles Maurice Detmold, were born at Acacia Villas, 97 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, then in Surrey, on 21 November 1883. They were the sons of Edward Detmold, an electrical engineer of German descent, and Mary Agnes (née Luck), and younger brothers to Nora. 97 Upper Richmond Road was the home of Mary’s uncle, Dr Edward Barton Shuldham, a physician with a wide range of interests. Shuldham and his wife, Elizabeth, had brought up Mary and, in turn, would bring up Edward and Maurice, possibly because her marriage failed during the late 1880s.

By 1891, the Shuldhams had moved to Hampstead, and it was there that Edward and Maurice received their education.

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