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In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work by Mirabel Cecil
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In Search of Rex Whistler; convincingly confirms that he was an utterly charming man and artist, as naturally talented and socially mobile as Ryder. In his fictional portrait, Waugh was not being unfair about Whistler's work, but his expectations were too high. For Whistler's aim was to give pleasure, and the modesty of this ambition accounts for a large part of what is so charming about his work.

Reginald John "Rex" Whistler, artist, designer and illustrator, was born on June 24, 1905, at Eltham, Kent, into the respectable middle class, the son of Henry Whistler and Helen Frances Mary Ward; and no apparent relation to the celebrated artist, James McNeill Whistler. However, he… Read more
Lordy! Tutankhamun's Patron as a Young Man by William Cross
It was once said, that an excellent biography depends more on its writer than the subject. Though I might agree with this thought in general, I daresay, as with most things there is a bit more to it than that. Rather it is a fine crafting of the two together, with perhaps ever so slight an emphasis on the biographer!

A subject's life under consideration for a biography, though perhaps interesting on the surface, typically tends to hide its best bits under the surface. This is where the amateur biographer and the dedicated of the species are set apart.

Those of the amateur variety tend to spew forth a rehash of what has been said before, further implying their… Read more

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