Rex Whistler was one of the most intriguing artists of the interwar years and Hugh and Mirabel Cecil, have tracked down all of his murals, in private collections and on public display.
HUGH and MIRABEL CECIL's previous joint biography, Clever Hearts: A Life of Desmond and Molly McCarthy (1990) won the Duff Cooper Prizr and the Marsh Biography Award. Their Imperial Marriage (2002) told the story of Lord Edward Cecil, his wife Violet and Lord Milner, with whom she was in love. Hugh Cecil's other books include The Flower of Battle: How Britain Wrote the Great War (1996) and, as co-editor, Facing Armageddon (1996). Mirabel Cecil has written A Kind of Prospero (1995), the biography of her brother, the pioneering publisher Sebastian Walker and, with David Mlinaric, On Decorating. Her last book was The Journal of Mrs Sloane's Dog Fanny, published in 2010 for the Sir John Sloan Museum.
'Sharp-nosed and perceptive' Times Literary Supplement 'Not merely a delight to read, well researched and carefully organised, but also lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed' Country Life 'A considerable work of art in itself. The Cecils' text is very well organised, exhaustive in research and information, and enjoyable and lively. There is not a single flat sentence.' The Spectator 'A superb new biography ... which throws new light on to the artist's complex world, marks the resounding reclamation of his reputation.' Financial Times 'A beautifully illustrated biography of the multi-talented artist' Stella, Sunday Telegraph magazine 'An intensely romantic window on a lost world is opened by [this book]' -- Marcus Binney The Times 'a worthy and long-overdue appraisal' Apollo 'a fine tribute to a major artist. The text is informative and sensitive, the illustrations are truly magnificent, and the attention to detail throughout is exemplary.' Standpoint 'Probably the most tenderly beautiful book of the year, filled with Whistler's superb fantasies' Daily Express 'covers the spectrum of his work, including the astonishingly numberous items he managed to paint after enlisting in 1940. The book is a pleasure to read and the visual joys are innumerable.' Historic House 'A highly readable journey through the life of Britain's most notable 20th-century mural painter.' Art Quarterly 'sympathetically and clearly written, highly detailed with a nice mix of art and life.' -- Andrew Lambirth The Art Newspaper 'a very beautiful book that will help to re-establish a lost reputation' RA (Royal Academy) magazine 'a rich and satisfying record of the artist's achievement, as well as a vivid sense of the man' Times Literary Supplement