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    Sale 5438

    The Sunday Sale

    30 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 191


    Price Realised  


    A design for a stage set
    pencil pen and ink and watercolour, heightened with white
    10¾ x 12¾ in. (27.4 x 32.5 cm.)

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    The present work is sold with the cheque made out to Captain Lawrence Whistler and dated January 29th 1946. Reginald John 'Rex' Whistler was killed by a shellburst near the village of Le Mesnil on the 18th July 1944 - just hours into his active service. The present work appears to be a set or stage design, though the subject is unknown. Whistler designed scenery for the operas Fidelio and The Marriage of Figaro (1934) and Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband (1943) amongst other projects.

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    Reginald John Whistler, 'Rex' and by descent to his younger brother Sir (Alan Charles) Lawrence Whistler.
    Acquired by Michael Renshaw, Esq., 29 January 1946.