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Children learn about Whistler
CHILDREN from Pitton Primary School got inspired for a year-long project with a trip to the Rex Whistler exhibition.
The exhibition, Rex Whistler: A Talent Cut Short, which celebrates the artist's varied body of work, has been at Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum since May 24 and closed on Sunday.
The whole school visited the exhibition as inspiration for their project based on his work, which will include art, dance, drama and some visits to other places where they can see his paintings.
Headteacher Michael Holyoake said: “They were amazed by the quality of his childhood drawings and also by his versatility, from stunning murals and portraits to comic illustrations. We are very excited by the possibilities ahead and the link with our local museum and its expertise.”
Whistler painted many members of the fashionable society of the time, including photographer Cecil Beaton, and produced designs for Guinness, Shell Petroleum, Wedgwood Pottery and the London Underground, as well as working on mural cycles, stage designs and book illustrations.
He enlisted when the Second World War broke out and painted and sketched many of his fellow soldiers while he was training as a tank commander on Salisbury Plain. He was killed in action on July 18, 1944.
The museum has been awarded a £350,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund to help save Whistler's personal archive. It needs to raise the remaining £10,000 to purchase the archive, which contains more than 1,000 items.
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