Rex Whistler Archive

The artist Rex Whistler (1905-1944) is most famous for the exceptional mural designs he was commissioned to undertake for the Tate Gallery restaurant; Plas Newydd, Anglesey; Port Lympne and Mottisfont Abbey. His skills as an artist covered a vast variety of different media including stage, set and costume design for theatre, opera, ballet; book illustration; advertising and portraiture. The museum has five oil paintings on display by Whistler and also holds his archive which we acquired in 2013 with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, V&A Purchase Grant Fund and Friends of the National Libraries.
Trial Scene from the Merchant of Venice
Sketch of the Trial Scene from the Merchant of Venice.
The Sleeping Princess programme
An elaborate programme in the shape of a baroque cartouche.
The Next Volume: And Elsewhere
Illustration for The Next Volume by Edward James.
The Epicurean
Design for the cover of an unofficial magazine at Stowe School.
The Entrance Gates to the Daye House, Wilton Park
Unsigned, but believed painted 19 May 1940. It shows Edith Olivier seated.
The Emperor Heart: Village with church
Illustration for The Emperor Heart by Laurence Whistler, published by Heinemann.
The Emperor Heart: Skull among leaves
Illustration for The Emperor Heart by Laurence Whistler, published by Heinemann.
The Emperor Heart: Nude figure falling
Illustration for The Emperor Heart by Laurence Whistler, published by Heinemann.
The Daye House, Wilton Park from near the entrance gates
The opposite view to the Entrance Gates, Edith Olivier looking towards the artist whose American car is parked in the shade.
The Daye House, Wilton Park
Unsigned, the house viewed from the river-side with Edith Olivier standing