The artist Rex Whistler (1905−1944) was frequently in love, always with beautiful women, and seldom happily. In this book Hugh and Mirabel Cecil, authors of the acclaimed biography In Search of Rex Whistler (2012), trace the artist's romantic life and also his years with the Welsh Guards in the Second World War, until his tragic death, aged thirty-nine, in battle in France.
Love and War, like its companion volume Family, Friends, Landscapes, includes numerous previously unpublished illustrations, many from private collections.
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Charles Dana Gibson (1867 – 1944) was an American graphic artist, best known for his creation of the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the beautiful and independent American woman at the turn of the 20th century. His wife, Irene Langhorne, and her four beautiful sisters (including Nancy, who became Nancy Astor) inspired his images. He published his illustrations in Life magazine and other major national publications for more than 30 years, which he edited from 1918 and later owned.
Although Gibson visited Europe, most of his drawings chronicled east coast American high society and represent what his contemporaries thought, as well as how they behaved according to the social conventions of the period. His drawings are finely detailed due to the large scale of the originals.