SUNDAY LUNCH

MARCO AND I WALKED TO TATE BRITAIN ON SUNDAY, WANTING TO SEE PAINTINGS BY TURNER. THERE WEREN’T MANY PEOPLE SO WE SAW A LOT MORE

BUT YOU HAVE TO FEED THE BODY AS WELL AS THE SOUL! SO WE STAYED FOR LUNCH AT THE ‘REX WHISTLER RESTAURANT’

WHISTLER’S 1927 MURAL DECORATIONS CAPTURE A LOVE OF NATURE AND ROMANCE: A JOIE DE VIVRE LIKE A FRAGRANT NATURAL PERFUME

THE CYCLE IS TITLED ‘THE EXPEDITION IN PURSUIT OF RARE MEATS

IT S AN ENCHANTED PLACE FOR LUNCH

AND IF YOU LIKE RARE MEATS I RECOMMEND THE BEEF! IT IS 48 DAY AGED RIB ROAST CARVED AT YOUR TABLE BY A BEEFY CARVER

THE ITALIANATE PARK

THE ITALIANATE PARK

WHISTLER’S FIRST JOB AFTER LEAVING THE SLADE SCHOOL OF ART WAS FOR MURALS IN A YOUTH CLUB IN THE DOCK AREA OF LONDON. FOLLOWING THAT SUCCESS HIS TEACHER AT THE SLADE PROPOSED 22 YEAR OLD WHISTLER TO DECORATE THE BASEMENT ROOM UNDER THE TATE GALLERY TO BECOME THE REFRESHMENT ROOM. THE RECTANGULAR ROOM MEASURES 60’ X 30’ SO THAT IS 180’ LENGTH OF MURAL!

SELF PORTRAIT DRAWING

SELF PORTRAIT DRAWING

SETTING-OUT DRAWING

SETTING-OUT DRAWING

WHISTLER TOOK THE TATE JOB FOR A FEE OF 5 POUNDS PER WEEK, WORKING WITH NAN WEST A FELLOW SLADE STUDENT AS HIS ASSISTANT. THE FEE WAS LOW EVEN FOR THE 1920S AND WHISTLER COULDN’T AFFORD TO LIVE IN LONDON, COMMUTING EACH DAY FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE. A WEALTHY FRIEND OF A FRIEND HEARD ABOUT THIS AND GAVE WHISTLER 100 POUNDS WITH WHICH HE BOUGHT A FLAT IN TOWN, WHICH HELPED WITH GETTING TO WORK ON TIME

PROFUMI FLUVIALI: WATERCOLOR STUDY OF THE RIVER LANDSCAPE

PROFUMI FLUVIALI: WATERCOLOR STUDY OF THE RIVER LANDSCAPE

THE INTERNAL WALLS OF THE MURAL ARE PAINTED ON CANVAS THEN STUCK ON THE WALLS. THE EXTERIOR WALL THAT FACES THE THAMES AND HAS WINDOWS IN IT WAS PAINTED DIRECT ONTO THE PLASTER IN OILS WITH THE ADDITION OF DISSOLVED WAX. THIS TECHNIQUE HELPED THE MURAL SURVIVE WHEN THE RIVER THAMES FLOODED A YEAR AFTER THE MURAL WAS COMPLETED

DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE TATE GALLERY WAS CLOSED AND REMOVABLE ARTWORKS TAKEN TO STORAGE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE. BUT WHISTLER’S MURALS STAYED IN PLACE AND THE BASEMENT RESTAURANT WAS USED AS A PLAY ROOM FOR LOCAL CHILDREN

THE TATE MURALS WERE A HIT AND WHISTLER WAS SOON COMMISSIONED FOR OTHER DINING ROOM MURALS BY SOCIETY PATRONS. HE COMPLETED THE ‘TENT ROOM’ AT PORT LYMPNE FOR PHILLIP SASSOON

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FOR THE THE EARL OF ANGLESEY IN PLAS NEWYDD, WALES HE PAINTED THE 58’ LONG MURAL ‘THE KINGDOM OF THE SEA’, INSPIRED BY 18TH CENTURY ITALIAN CAPRICCI OF THE SEA

WHILST COMPLETING THIS COMMISSION WHISTLER FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CLIENT’S DAUGHTER LADY CAROLINE PAGE

‘THE KINGDOM OF THE SEA’ AN ITALIAN CAPRICCIO, THE WORK OF AN ARTIST IN LOVE - THE SPIRIT OF LARIA

‘THE KINGDOM OF THE SEA’ AN ITALIAN CAPRICCIO, THE WORK OF AN ARTIST IN LOVE - THE SPIRIT OF LARIA