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Price Realized: $3,750 With Buyer's Premium Show Hammer Price
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Sale 2337 Lot 53
EDWARD J. DETMOLD.
The Truth. A suite of 19 drawings with typed text on verso of 4. Comprising 11 watercolor and 8 wash designs, 5 incorporating text or captions, 7 titled or captioned below (1 above) in pencil, some of the sheets mounted on paper. Each approximately 323x191 mm; 12 1/2x7 inches. Occasional scattered foxing and soiling. Circa 1933.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500
an unrecorded, unique suite of drawings for a never completed illustrated book project. The work is alternatively titled The Truth (indicated in manuscript on the accompanying card portfolio), Indictment of the Nations, and The Sword and Gold.
Included are single sheets of Detmold's typescript pasted to the back of four drawings that articulate his concerns regarding the complicity of the State, Corporatism and Religion in fomenting "The disruption which men are now experiencing, and will continue to experience increasingly until this civilisation lies in ruins, is the aftermath of the inestimable force with which it has been enforced upon the world."
With the horrors of the "Great War" still fresh in mind as well as the advent of Fascism, Detmold's analysis would prove all too prescient in the coming years. The works include images of war, triumphal statehood and religious authorities but also a few less-charged portrait and nature studies more typical of his usual style. For Detmold, "The Truth" is, as he puts it, "to realise that it is the teaching of peace and love; and therefore that violence and war are opposed to it." Provenance: from the Estate of Mrs. Joy, sister of E.J. Detmold. Sold at Christies King Street, London. Lot 81, March 6th, 1979.Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $3,750