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Rex Whistler’s Self-Portrait in Welsh Guards Uniform, May 1940
Photo credit: National Army Museum

Rex Whistler’s Self-Portrait in Welsh Guards Uniform, May 1940 1940

Rex Whistler (1905–1944)

National Army Museum
(b Eltham, Kent [now in Greater London], 24 June 1905; d nr. Le Mesnil, Normandy, 18 July 1944). British painter, graphic artist, and stage designer. He is best known for his decorations in a light and fanciful style evocative of the 18th century. He also did numerous book illustrations and much work for the stage, including ballet and opera. He was killed in action in the Second World War. His brother Sir Laurence Whistler (1912–2000), a writer and glass engraver, published several books on him.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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