Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners

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Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners, by Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler, 1929 - NPG 5050 - © Estate of Rex Whistler. All rights reserved, DACS 2014

© Estate of Rex Whistler. All rights reserved, DACS 2014

Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners

by Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler
oil on canvas, 1929
15 7/8 in. x 13 in. (402 mm x 329 mm)
Purchased, 1975
Primary Collection
NPG 5050


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A composer, author and artist, Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson succeeded his uncle to the title of Baron Berners in 1918. Educated at Eton, he became an honorary attaché to the embassies at Constantinople (1909-11) and Rome (1911-19). He wrote five humorous novels and two volumes of autobiography, and supplied music for ballet, including three scores for the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company. His music, like his writing, is characterised by his humour and gift for pastiche. A painter of landscapes in particular, he is shown by Whistler at work on a canvas in his house at 3, The Forum, Rome.

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  • Clerk, Honor, The Sitwells, 1994 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 October - 22 January 1995), p. 109
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 53