During the 1920s and 1930s Rex Whistler designed dust wrappers and produced illustrations for books ranging from Beverley Nichols' Down the Garden Path to Isak Dinesen's Seven Gothic Tales and including magical editions of Gulliver's Travels, Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales and Walter de la Mere's The Lord Fish. He also produced scores of advertisements, including posters for exhibitions, catalogues for Fortnum & Mason, and leaflets for Imperial Airways and the Guiness brewery. This book showcases this work, with commentary by Hugh and Mirabel Cecil.
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Books by Hugh Cecil include The Flower of Battle: How Britain Wrote the Great War (Steerforth, 1996).
Mirabel Cecil is author of A Kind of Prospero (Walker, 1996) and, with David Mlinaric, Mlinaric On Decorating (Frances Lincoln, 2008). Together Hugh and Mirabel have written Clever Hearts: a Life of Desmond and Molly MacCarthy (Gollancz, 1990), which won both the Duff Cooper Prize and the Marsh Biography Award, Imperial Marriage (History Press, 2005) and, most recently, In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work (Frances Lincoln, 2012).
Rex Whistler (1905-1944) was one of the most talented and intriguing painters of the twentieth century. He was also a superb draughtsman.