Whistler, Sir (Alan Charles) Laurence
- Gordon Campbell
(b Jan 19, 1921; d Oxford, Dec 12, 2000).
English poet and glass-engraver. He began to engrave glass in 1935, and thereafter specialized in diamond-point and drill-engraved glass (e.g. ‘Flourish the Chalk’, bowl, 1982; London, V&A), often with engravings of country houses; his presentation pieces are mostly goblets but also include caskets. His work for Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) included a casket that she gave to her husband George VI and a glass triptych which she used for 50 years to hold her daily schedule; both are now in the Royal Collection. He also engraved glass windows, famously those of the church of St Nicholas at Moreton (Dorset), the only church in the world in which all the windows are engraved. Whistler was the younger brother of the society painter Rex Whistler , in whose memory he made the rotating Steuben Glass Works memorial in Salisbury Cathedral.Pictures on Glass Engraved by Laurence Whistler (exh. cat., London, Greater London Council, 1973)...