Whistler, Laurence

Sir Alan Charles Laurence Whistler CBE (1912-2000) was a writer, poet and glass engraver. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where his fees were paid by his artist brother, Rex. He first took up glass engraving in 1934, when staying with the daughter of Sir Edwin Lutyens, and singlehandedly revived the tradition of point engraving on glass goblets and bowls, an intricate technique popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. His simultaneous use of line engraving and stippling methods on both sides of the glass was a great innovation, creating an illusion of perspective in his portrayal of unmistakeably English landscapes.

Source: Sir Laurence Whistler obituary by Janet Green – The Guardian

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