The following lot is from the estate of the Late Hamish Alastair Phillips.
Rex Whistler (British, 1905-1944)
Pictures for Katharine p.27 a Princess eating some quinces; Goldylocks, two illustrations for Green Outside by Elizabeth Godley, pub 1931, signed, ink, largest 7.5 x 11cm (2 15/16 x 4 5/16in). (2)
Reginald John 'Rex' Whistler was born in Eltham, Kent in 1905. He went to Haileybury where he began to show a talent for art. He studied at the Slade School of Art after which he became a professional artist. His work encompassed all areas of art and design from the West End theatre to book illustration and through to mural and trompe l'oeil paintings (Port Lympne, Plas Newydd and Dorneywood amongst others). His most noted work during the early part of his career was for the Cafe at the Tate Gallery completed in 1927 when he was only 22. He was commissioned to produced posters and illustrations for Shell Petroleum and the Radio Times. He painted many members of London society, including Edith Sitwell, Cecil Beaton and the other members of the set which became known as the "Bright Young Things". In 1944 he was sent to France following the D-Day Landings and was killed in action. A memorial glass engraving by his brother Laurence Whistler (the Rex prism) is to be found in the Morning Chapel at Salisbury Cathedral. Bibliography: Laurence Whistler, The Laughter and the Urn. The Life of Rex Whistler, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, (1985)