In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work Hardcover – 22 Nov 2012
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"a visual feast ... [as well as] a concise biography of the artist and his times that is elegantly readable ... So rich is Whistler's art as portrayed in this book that it is tempting to go on and on writing about it. I can only urge anyone who cares about art or has an interest in the first half of the last century to get this book."(British Art Journal)
'a rich and satisfying record of the artist's achievement, as well as a vivid sense of the man'(Times Literary Supplement)
'a very beautiful book that will help to re-establish a lost reputation'(RA (Royal Academy) magazine)
'sympathetically and clearly written, highly detailed with a nice mix of art and life.'(Andrew Lambirth The Art Newspaper)
'A highly readable journey through the life of Britain's most notable 20th-century mural painter.'(Art Quarterly)
'covers the spectrum of his work, including the astonishingly numberous items he managed to paint after enlisting in 1940. The book is a pleasure to read and the visual joys are innumerable.'(Historic House)
'Probably the most tenderly beautiful book of the year, filled with Whistler's superb fantasies'(Daily Express)
'a fine tribute to a major artist. The text is informative and sensitive, the illustrations are truly magnificent, and the attention to detail throughout is exemplary.'(Standpoint)
'a worthy and long-overdue appraisal'(Apollo)
'An intensely romantic window on a lost world is opened by [this book]'(Marcus Binney The Times)
'A beautifully illustrated biography of the multi-talented artist'(Stella, Sunday Telegraph magazine)
'A considerable work of art in itself. The Cecils’ text is very well organised, exhaustive in research and information, and enjoyable and lively. There is not a single flat sentence.'(The Spectator)
'A superb new biography … which throws new light on to the artist’s complex world, marks the resounding reclamation of his reputation.'(Financial Times)
'Sharp-nosed and perceptive'(Times Literary Supplement)
'Not merely a delight to read, well researched and carefully organised, but also lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed'(Country Life)
About the Author
HUGH and MIRABEL CECIL's previous joint biography, Clever Hearts: A Life of Desmond and Molly McCarthy (1990) won the Duff Cooper Prizr and the Marsh Biography Award. Their Imperial Marriage (2002) told the story of Lord Edward Cecil, his wife Violet and Lord Milner, with whom she was in love. Hugh Cecil's other books include The Flower of Battle: How Britain Wrote the Great War (1996) and, as co-editor, Facing Armageddon (1996). Mirabel Cecil has written A Kind of Prospero (1995), the biography of her brother, the pioneering publisher Sebastian Walker and, with David Mlinaric, On Decorating. Her last book was The Journal of Mrs Sloane's Dog Fanny, published in 2010 for the Sir John Sloan Museum.
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many other aspects of his life.in the book. Arrived over a week sooner than expected in perfect order and I look forward to many hours browsing through it.
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 was the maternal grandson of the Rev. Charles Slegg Ward, Vicar of Wootton St Lawrence, Basingstoke and maternal great-great-grandson of Paul Storr, the silversmith.
In May 1919 he was sent to boarding school at Haileybury, where he showed a precocious talent for art, providing set designs for play productions and giving away sketches to prefects in lieu of "dates" (a punishment at Haileybury, similar to "lines" whereby offenders are required to write out set lists of historical dates). Even before he left school at Haileybury, a remarkable talent for draughtsmanship, along with imagination and humour in its execution, had already become apparent in his work.
After a false start at the Royal Academy, Whistler's career was meteoric. Even as a star student at the Slade; under the redoubtable Henry Tonks, he was a lovely draughtsman and accomplished painter in oils, well earning the frank admiration of the famously demanding Professor Tonks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent book, with fantastic colour illustrations of RW's work. If you want an insite into the world of Rex Whistler this is one book to buy.Published 28 days ago by milltownfarmers
This is a lovely book.Even if pushed I think I would struggle to find anything in it to criticize.The whole layout of the book is incredibly tasteful in my opinion and the story of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lee Mansfield
This was a birthday present for my husband. He was absolutely delighted with it. The service as always, excellent.Published 8 months ago by Margarette Lawlor
The artist, illustrator, and muralist that was Rex Whistler is one of my favourite artists having discovered him 23 years ago now whilst visiting Plas Newydd on Anglesey. Read morePublished 20 months ago by shepline
Beautifully produced,excellent text, exactly as a 'coffee table book' should be . Many congratulations .Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful book. If only I'd realised there is more than one artistic whistler!!!! The equally ignorant be warned :-/Published 22 months ago by p c b
It is a quality book which is a birthday present for an Artist relative of mine.
He will be amazed by it!
This is indispensible for anyone interested in the life and work of Rex Whistler. It is a beautiful book with many excellent photos of his work.Published on 30 Jan. 2014 by Glenn Jordan
I've always loved Whistler's work since I bought a postcard of his painting of Haddon Hall when visiting Haddon as a schoolboy. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by Sunex Amures