AN ORIGINAL PAINTING BY EDWARD J. DETMOLD FOR THE COVER ART TO “THE PEACOCK BOOK”
SCARCE AND ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY THIS POPULAR ILLUSTRATOR, whose books are treasured for their power and sensitivity. Detmold was one of the most talented of illustrators, depicting animals and plants with an extraordinary understanding, and making use of fantasy settings of architecture and landscape. He lived in London, sharing a house with his mother, artist Sidney Laurence Biddle and musician Harold Hulls, until the outbreak of the Second World War, when the household moved first to Sussex and then to Montgomeryshire.
Some of Detmold's most famous works include illustrations for Maurice Maeterlinck's 'The Life of the Bee', Camille Lemonnier's 'Birds and Beasts' and Florence Dugdale's 'Book of Baby Beasts'. He also illustrated Maeterlinck's 'Hours of Gladness', Florence Dugdale's 'Book of Baby Birds', W. H. Hudson's 'Birds in Town and Village'. He produced a portfolio of Twenty Four Nature Pictures and created such favorites as 'Our Little Neighbours' and Jean-Henri Fabre's 'Book of Insects'. Item #19158
An original and unique rendering. Painted by Detmold in black, white and red on gray-brown board. 8” x 6”, matted, framed and glazed. A fine example in excellent condition.