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    Sale 5438

    The Sunday Sale

    30 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 192


    Price Realised  


    Tromp l'oeil trophy, a panel for an interior
    oil on canvas
    40 x 30 in. (101.5 x 76 cm.)

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    The present picture dates to circa 1939, a period when the artist was most focused on wall decorations. Whistler's most notable mural commissions were those for the Marquess of Angelsey, at Plas Newydd, Angelsey, and for Lady Louis Mountbatten (later Countess Mountbatten of Burma) at Brook House, Park Lane, London. Archival photographs of the interior of Brook House show trophy panels similar to the example offered here in situ. The image opposite shows Rex Whistler in front of the picture, which hung above the fireplace in his flat at 20 Fitzroy Square, London.

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    Reginald John Whistler, 'Rex', Fitzroy Square, London, and by descent to his younger brother, Sir (Alan Charles) Lawrence Whistler.
    Acquired by Michael Renshaw, Esq., 4 January 1946.


    L. Whistler, The Laughter and the Urn: The Life of Rex Whistler, London, 1986, no. 8.