11 watercolor and 8 wash designs, some incorporating text within image, others captioned below in pencil. Sheets of typed text mounted to verso of four. Each approximately 13 x 7 inches. Original illustrations towards an unpublished work. Mounted to larger sheets, marginal foxing, some faint foxing within several. Provenance: Estate of Mrs. Joy, sister of E.J. Detmold (Christie's, March 6, 1979, Lot 81). Item #313038
A group of powerful anti-war illustrations by Detmold toward an unrealized project. Evidently completed between the world wars (one of the illustrations is titled "The Sword & Gold. What I have seen 1933"), many of the watercolors depict the carnage and destruction of war and highlight the complicity of the Catholic Church therein. Four of the illustrations have typescripts mounted to the verso, with Detmold's text a prophetic warning of what would come to pass in the coming decade: "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 passing of time ... those that use force have learnt and will continue to learn, how to use it to ever greater effect. Consequently disruption, reaction, disorder, discord, dissipation, noise and ugliness, which are the outcome of force, have increased and will continue to increase ... until the barbaric nature of force and its false civilisation is revealed in all its hideousness..."
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