by Rex Whistler
oil on canvas, circa 1934
14 1/2 in. x 10 1/4 in. (368 mm x 260 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler (1905-1944), Painter and designer. Sitter in 24 portraits, Artist of 6 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler (1905-1944), Painter and designer. Artist of 6 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Painter, illustrator, theatrical designer and muralist, a master of pastiche and trompe-l'oeil. Whistler's elegant baroque designs and witty murals enlivened many interiors including the Tate Gallery Refreshment Room (1926-7) and Plas Newydd, Isle of Anglesey (1936-8). He was killed while on active service during the Second World War.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 657
Events of 1934back to top
Current affairsSir Stafford Cripps represents the miners of Gresford Colliery in Wrexham at an inquiry into the recent gas explosion and fire which killed 263 miners, and three rescue workers in one of the worst mining disasters in British history.
Art and sciencePercy Shaw invents 'Cat's eyes'. The development of road reflectors increased safety on the roads at night and proved to be particularly useful during the wartime blackout. They are still used today.
Dylan Thomas published his first volume of poetry, 18 Poems.
InternationalStalin and Hitler consolidate dictatorial power by 'purging' their opponents. In the Soviet Union, members of the Communist Party and particular sectors of society such as the intelligentsia were targeted in the 'Great Purge', while in Germany Hitler murdered hundreds of potential opponents in the SA during the 'Night of the Long Knives'.
Thousands in the USA are forced to flee their homes to escape the Dust Bowl storms.
Recommended Exhibitions & displays
- Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
From 12 March 2020