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Rex Whistler: The Artist and His Patrons

Monday, May 27, 2024 

to Sunday, September 29, 2024

Rex Whistler (1905 – 1944) was one of the most prolific, diverse and popular artists of the interwar years in England. Known for his wit and humour, he was equally talented in a wide variety of artistic pursuits.

From 1928 until his death on active service in 1944, he designed entire rooms full of murals for his patrons in their town and country residences, painted portraits of them and their houses, designed architectural improvements, produced personal bookplates and illustrated their books.

The exhibition will focus on the relationship with his patrons and explore his working practices. It will contain many previously unseen initial sketches from the museum’s Rex Whistler Archive. There will also be loans from the National Trust, National Army Museum, Welsh Guards, West Dean College and private collections.

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