Edward Julius Detmold (British 1887-1957)
Birds in an exotic landscape
Signed l.l.: DETMOLD, watercolour over pencil with a brown line border
31.3 x 20.3 cm
Alan Fortunoff, by descent until 2017
Detmold worked as a painter, illustrator and printmaker specialising in meticulous, intense images. He and his twin brother Charles were taken by their great-uncle to London zoo and the Natural History Museum to draw from an early age. Their uncle Henry Detmold, an artist, further encouraged their development and they absorbed the influence of Japanese printmakers, fashionable in the late 19th century.
E.J. Detmold’s work is to be found in many museum collections including that of the British Museum, the V&A and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Alan Fortunoff (1933-2000) was an American department store magnate who transformed the Fortunoff Department Store. He formed a fine collection British nineteenth and twentieth century art.