Rex Whistler's War. 1939 - July 1944. Artist into Tank Commander

Rex Whistler's War. 1939 - July 1944. Artist into Tank Commander
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Rex Whistler's War. 1939 - July 1944. Artist into Tank CommanderRex Whistler's War. 1939 - July 1944. Artist into Tank CommanderRex Whistler's War. 1939 - July 1944. Artist into Tank Commander

Jenny Spencer-Smith. Foreword by Laurence Whistler.

London. National Army Museum. 1994. First edition. Paperback. 180 pages. Several newspaper clippings relating to Whistler and the exhibition loosely inserted. Illustrations throughout in colour and b&w. 300 x 210mm (11 x 8"). 0.8kg. 0901721298. English. Near fine; some slight shelf wear.

The catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Whistler's death. Whistler was commissioned into the Welsh Guards during the Second World War and was tragically killed in action in Normandy in July 1944. Whistler did not allow his time as a soldier to prevent him pursuing his artwork. During the war years he worked on two West End plays, four ballets, three illustrated books, twelve dust jacket, the scenery for a film, and over forty portraits and landscapes. This was alongside the numerous paintings and drawings his made of army life, often to amuse his fellow soldiers. The output of these years is examined in detail in this catalogue.