Rex Whistler - Life, Love & Loss

Wed 16/03/16 7:30 pm

National Trust Winchester Association Open Meeting

Dr Hugh Cecil will give an illustrated talk on Rex Whistler, a brilliant painter who excelled at murals, portraits and landscapes, as well as theatre designs. His death fighting in Northern France in the Second World War was a tragic loss for 20th century British art.

Hugh and Mirabel Cecil's acclaimed joint biography, In Search of Rex Whistler, was published in 2012 by Frances Lincoln. The Cecils followed this with Rex Whistler's Inspirations, published in 2015 by the Pimpernel Press and later An Anthology of MIne, by Rex Whistler, with additional material by Laurence Whistler and Hugh and Mirabel Cecil. Hugh Cecil will talk about Whistler's inspirations - landscapes, friendships, love and aspects of the war itself. Hugh's father, Lord David Cecil, the distinguished writer and academic was a friend of Rex Whistler.

Rex Whistler painted what would be his final large scale mural locally at Mottisfont Abbey in 1938-9. In the imposing Drawing Room he created for the owner Mrs Maud Russell, a memorably romantic gothic decoration which is still the centrepiece of the interior at Mottisfont.

Signed copies of the books will be on sale after the talk.

For tickets please phone Elisabeth Wicks.