Detmold’s insects


The White-Faced Decticus.

Edward Julius Detmold’s (1883–1957) skill at drawing animals gave him a great advantage when it came to illustrating Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Aesop’s Fables, still among the very best editions of those books. Less well-known are his illustrations for Fabre’s Book of Insects (1921), a guide by naturalist Jean-Henri Fabre. Bud Plant has details about the artist’s unhappy life, while the Internet Archive also has copies of the Aesop and the Kipling.


The Praying Mantis.


Italian Locusts.

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4 thoughts on “Detmold’s insects”

  1. Good to see there’s something of the Detmold brothers in print. I have The Fantastic Creatures of Edward Julius Detmold which was published in the art series edited by David Larkin for Pan Books in the 1970s. Some of those can still be found relatively cheaply.

  2. Thanks, these are really beautiful.
    Fabre is still read and in print in France (and in the world), because of his writing style.

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