The Passion Of Edith Cavell

12Cavell250TNOn October 12th 1915, British Nurse Edith Cavell was executed by firing squad in German occupied Belgium.  To mark the centenial of her death, Brian has been commissioned to paint a series of fourteen paintings illuminating her story.  The paintings will be in a public exhibition at

Norwich Cathedral


Friday September 4th to Thursday October 22nd  2015

The Cathedral is open from 7.30 am to 6 pm daily

and there is no charge for admission.

The Hostry Visitor  Education Centre is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm.

Edith Cavell is buried in Norwich Cathedral and there are a number of events in connection with the centenial.  Please visit the Cathedral website for more information.

The works in the exhibition can be viewed in the picture gallery on this website.

A limited number of graphic works on Edith painted by Brian are available at Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill (across from the Cathedral), Norwich.
Tel: 44 (0) 1603 626892

Until November 10th 2015 the memorial service at Norwich Cathederal is available on BBC iplayer. Brian's reflections on the commission can be heard at 25 mins into the broadcast.


“Looking at a Whelan painting is like looking at a stained glass window, through the eyes of Bart Simpson.”
Writer and critic Steven Martin

“It is rare to find a contemporary artist so confident in his portrayal of traditional religious themes.”
Rev. Canon John McLuckie, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

“The best way I could describe Brian would be to call him the rock & roll painter.”
Paul McGuinness of the Popes