Family, Friendships, Landscapes: Rex Whistler’s Inspiration
Artist(s): Rex Whistler
Author(s): Hugh and Mirabel Cecil
Year published: 2015
Publisher: Pimpernel Press
Total Pages: 96
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour
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The artist Rex Whistler (1905 1944) loved creating imaginary landscapes, whether for his murals or for portraits or book illustrations. But his inspiration came from the real landscapes of Italy, the architecture of Rome and, in England, from the countryside of Wiltshire and Dorset. It was against these backgrounds, too, that his closest friendships were formed, with Stephen Tennant, Cecil Beaton, Siegfried Sassoon and Edith Olivier and with the writer and academic Lord David Cecil.
Family, Friendships, Landscapes, like its companion volume, Love and War, includes much previously unpublished material, in this case largely from Rome and from the collection of the Paget family, at Plas Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey, where Whistler painted his most famous mural.