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Oil painting
  • Oil painting
    Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944
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Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)
    London (paper hung)

  • Date:

    ca. 1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by an anonymous donor

  • Museum number:

    P.13-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rex Whistler (1905-1944) painted this panel to replace a missing section of a chinoiserie wallpaper bought by Mr Samuel Courtauld at Bath. The empty frame was designed to contain Picasso's picture L'enfant au Pigeon. There is a strip of the original 19th-century chinoiserie wallpaper in the collection (P.13A-1977).

Whistler was a noted painter of murals, as well as a book-illustrator and stage-designer. Perhaps his best known murals are those in the restaurant of Tate Britain.

Physical description

Portion of a wallpaper in the Chinoiserie style, with a picture frame as its central motif, painted to house Picasso's 'L'Enfant au Pigeon'; Oil on canvas; Signed and dated Rex Whistler 1932.

Place of Origin

England (made)
London (paper hung)

Date

ca. 1932 (made)

Artist/maker

Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'Rex Whistler 1932'
Signed and dated.

Dimensions

Height: 182.9 cm approx., Width: 155 cm approx., Height: 2102 mm frame, Width: 1633 mm frame, Depth: 73 mm frame, :

Object history note

From above a chimney-piece of a bedroom in No. 12 North Audley Street, London. Given by an anonymous donor, 1977.
The artist has provided this missing section of a chinoiserie wallpaper, bought by Mr Samuel Courtauld at Bath. A similar work was executed by the artist on the walls of a room at 39, Preston Park Avenue, Brighton, a month before he was killed. A strip of the original 19th century chinoiserie wallpaper is P.13A-1977.

Descriptive line

Portion of a wall-paper in the chinoiserie style, with a picture frame as its central motif, painted to house Picasso's "L'Enfant au Pigeon"; Oil on canvas; Rex Whistler; From above the chimney-piece of a bedroom in No.12, North Audley Street, London; England; 1932.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Calloway, Stephen. Rex Whistler: The Triumph of Fancy. Brighton & Hove: Royal Pavilion, Libraries & Museums (Brighton & Hove City Council), 2006. --- p,. ISBN 094872367X
Oman, Charles C. and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.

Production Note

Provenance: Above the chimneypiece of a bedroom in 12, North Audley Street, London

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Birds; Frame; Birdcages (containers); Flowers

Categories

Paintings; Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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