Rex Whistler /   Reginald John Whistler

United Kingdom 1905 - 1944

Modern Art

Rex Whistler
Reginald John Whistler
United Kingdom
March 27, 2013
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Rex Whistler was born in Kent in 1905, he was a child prodigy who escaped punishment by drawing portraits of his schoolteachers, and graduated from the Slade (his second art college) before he was 20. His career was as prolific as it was varied. He painted landscapes and portraits as well as murals, but he also designed book jackets and carpets, advertisements for Guinness and Shell, sets for theatre and film, and some of the best illustrations for Gulliver’s Travels and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales – particularly the emperor in his longjohns – ever published.

Featured image: Rex Whistler – Artwork, detail – image courtesy of Rex Whistler foundation