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Looking relaxed and debonair, Rex Whistler depicted himself enjoying a drink on the balcony of a friend's house in York Terrace, overlooking Regent's Park, London. He was clearly moved by his transformation into a soldier and painted this portrait on the very day his uniform arrived.
Following the formation of the Guards Armoured Division in 1941, Second Lieutenant Rex Whistler, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Guards, became a troop commander, commanding three tanks. Tragically Whistler was killed on his first day in action, 18 July 1944, during Operation GOODWOOD near Caen in Normandy.
oil on canvas
H 68.6 x W 55.9 cm
purchased from Lawrence Whistler, 1994