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Sir Alan Charles Laurence Whistler, CBE (born January 21, 1912 — died December 19, 2000, always referred to as Laurence Whistler) was a British poet and artist who devoted himself to glass engraving, on goblets and bowls blown to his own designs, and (increasingly, as he became more celebrated) on large-scale panels and windows in churches and private houses. He also engraved on three-sided prisms, some of them designed to revolve on a small turntable so that the prism's internal reflections complete the image. The best-known of these was done as a memorial to his elder brother, Rex Whistler. His son, Simon Whistler, also became a glass engraver. In 1935 Laurence Whistler became the first recipient of the King's Gold Medal for Poetry. However, he largely turned away from verse to concentrate on glass engraving.
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His early works include a casket for the Queen Mother, and a hinged glass triptych to hold her daily schedule. Other engravings of his can be found, for example, in Salisbury, where his family lived during part of his childhood, including a pair of memorial panels with quotations by T. S. Eliot, and the Rex Prism in the Morning Chapel, both in Salisbury Cathedral; at the Ashmolean Museum; at Balliol College, Oxford where he was an undergraduate, and St Hugh's College, Oxford, where he also designed the Swan Gates leading from the college grounds onto Canterbury Road; at Stowe House in Stowe, Buckinghamshire; at the village church of St Nicholas at Moreton, Dorset, where every single window was engraved by him over about 30 years; and in the Corning Museum of Glass (USA).In 1975 he became the first President of the newly founded British Guild of Glass Engravers.
In 1939 Laurence Whistler married actress Jill Furse (died 1944); they had two children, Simon Whistler and Caroline (Robin) Whistler. In 1950 Laurence Whistler married Jill Furse's younger sister, Theresa (1927-2007), but the marriage was later dissolved. They had another two children Daniel and Frances. In 1987 he married a third time, but was divorced in 1991.
Whistler's many honours included an OBE (1955) and a CBE (1973). In 2000, not long before his death at the age of 88, Laurence Whistler was created a Knight Bachelor.