Mirabel Cecil has written A KIND OF PROSPERO (1995), the biography of her brother, the pioneering publisher Sebastian Walker and, with David Mlinaric, ON DECORATING. Her last book was THE JOURNAL OF MRS SLOANE’S DOG FANNY, published in 2010 for the Sir John Sloan Museum.
Hugh & Mirabel Cecil’s IN SEARCH OF REX WHISTLER is the first fully-illustrated account of the artist’s life and works (1905-1944), which includes all his murals, and has a superb gatefold pullout of his masterpiece at Plas Newydd, on the Isle of Anglesey.
Their previous joint biography, CLEVER HEARTS: A LIFE OF DESMOND AND MOLLY MCCARTHY (1990) won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Marsh Biography Award. Their IMPERIAL MARRIAGE (2002) told the story of Lord Edward Cecil, his wife Violet and Lord Milner, with whom she was in love.
Their latest book, REX WHISTLER – INSPIRATIONS contains two individual volumes – Family, Friendships, Landscapes and Love and War. Together they describe the sources of inspiration Rex Whistler drew on for his work as a portrait painter, and as a designer of theatre sets and costumes, of books and of advertisements, and above all, as a painter of murals.