The last of three parts of Rex Whistler's theatre designs in THE MASQUE, opens with the artist's brother Laurence remembering theatrical impresario Sir Charles Cochran attending the Tate Gallery murals in November 1927 and Sir Charles vowing not to depart until he had 'secured the artist's address.' Rex would contribute to four Cochran revues and many other theatricals for the stage-his first being the programme for John Milton's Comus in 1930.
Rex would recheck his history books for accuracy in scenes such as Victoria Regina which takes place in 1842.
Rex's artistry did not stop with his beautifully detailed drawings-much time was spent as rehearsals started in front of the curtain making notes-corrections-remedies-and suggestions.
Drawings of Rex Whistler's Costumes in MASQUE part 3
detail drawing for La Spectre de la Rose
I felt I found a little treasure in these Masque pamphlets-the last of the three with its bright pink cover seems hardly to have been viewed. As I open its pages-32 in all-it is mostly filled with pictures of Rex Whistler's drawings. A few words offered up as introduction by his brother Laurence to the delicate airy lines laid out with great assurance by the artist. Whether it is Rex's set design, his Tate murals or his paintings at Plas Newydd-we are invited to enter-to believe-and- to dream.
Whistler's first for the theatre- a programme for the play COMUS.