Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rex Whistler by Howard Coster

© National Portrait Gallery, London
Howard Coster, 1936

I have reason for rejoice!  I just found this photograph taken by Howard Coster of my dear friend, Rex Whistler.  Don't you hate when you are looking for something? Something you know you've seen? Then you start to wonder if you were dreaming you'd ever seen it?  It happens to me all the time.  But I have proof with this photograph that I'm not always imagining things!  Rex Whistler was a wonderful illustrator (and Bright Young Person) who illustrated most of Beverley Nichols books.  Poor thing was killed rather early in the War.  Behold! my favorite of his covers:


Too perfect.

6 comments:

W.E. said...

Love the grainy portrait! What a great room (both in the photo and on the book cover)!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Oh, but his murals!!! His murals! I'm weak for them.

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

such a dream like quality to all his work, I love the casual quality of the photograph. Yes-we are always looking for something we did see-or imagined just as clearly. pgt

Daniel-Halifax said...

WE- I want to move into both!

DED- His murals ARE amazing. Imagine gazing at one as you had your morning PG tip...sigh

PGTaLA-glad I'm not alone on this endless search for something lost.

Lord Cowell said...

Have you read "Down the garden path" by Beverley Nichols? It is a lovely read, and has a beautifully depicted map of his garden, I presume by Whistler?

Daniel-Halifax said...

Yes, and I loved it (it may be my favorite of his)! So glad you visited, I can tell we are kindred spirits already!