11 February 2013

Part Two, Designs for the Theatre by Rex Whistler

(as promised)
for Part One see our last post here
Rex Whistler photographed by Cecil Beaton, from Part Two of The Masque.

Another long look at Rex Whistler's work for the stage, in Part Two-with eight colour plates and seveteen sepia illustrations-introduced by James Laver.

cover designed by Laurence Whistler with a Rex Whistler's trophy

Laver puts Rex in his own distinct category as artist- "His style was a language which could equally well be spoken in a drawing room, whispered in a boudoir or declaimed from the stage-..." For Laver, Beaton, and his brother Laurence there was no one like Rex.

all pictures from Part Two of The Masque-

(above) sets and costumes from The Rake's Progress, (& below) Le Sprectre de la Rose

Costumes for The Tempest

Love for Love at top-and Victoria Regina, the drop curtain & costumes & sets

Old Music (above)

set & costumes from Streamline,The Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

(below) the drop curtain for  The Wise Virgins

& Les Sylphides

and posters announcing the plays

the programme cover from The Sleeping Princess

in attendance -the Royal family inside the Royal Box, at The Sleeping Princess.



  1. The illustrations for costumes, sets and programs are delightful -and recreate the magic of the London theater of that period. I loved seeing these.



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