JOHN PIPER LG 1903-1992

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Church at Great Gaddesby, Leicestershire

Watercolour & mixed media, signed and inscribed

14½ x 21½ in.




Church at Great Gaddesby, Leicestershire by

Design for the East Window of the Chapel of St John's Hospital, Lichfield

Watercolour and mixed media, signed

Provenance: Portland Gallery, London


Design for the East Window of the Chapel of St John's Hospital, Lichfield by

Five Studies, Colour & Landscape

Mixed media signed

10 x 13 in.


Provenance: Stephen Lacey Fine Art


Five Studies, Colour & Landscape by


Watercolour signed and inscribed

14 x 21 in. 


Porthgwarra by

Welsh Rocks, Careg Sampson Dolmen

Watercolour, signed & inscribed

15 x 22 in.



Welsh Rocks, Careg Sampson Dolmen by

John Piper was unique amongst twentieth century artists. No other artist since Turner has done more to celebrate the English Landscape.On leaving school he was forced to enter his father’s law firm to train as a solicitor, but following his father’s death in 1926 he enrolled in the Richmond School of Art and a year later at the Royal College of Art.The 1930s saw him forming friendships with Henry Moore and Ivor Hitchens, Ben Nicholson,  Barbara   Hepworth and Paul Nash. He exhibited regularly with the London Group and wrote articles for  various periodicals and magazines. At this time he co-operated with his close friend,the poet John  Betjeman, on the Shell Guides to Britain. During the war he was commissioned to record bomb damage in London,    Bristol and Coventry, and in 1944 he was made an official war artist.As well as for his abstract work, he became famous for his paintings of churches, castles and stately homes. He was also an author of books, a designer of stained glass, photographer, etcher, print maker and designer of costumes and scenery. During the 1960s his use of colour became more extreme. Like the Fauves, whom he greatly admired, he used colour expressively rather than literally. Piper was a consummate artist, always eager to explore new ideas and techniques and always demanding the highest standards. His love of Britain and her houses, castles and churches shine out in his work. He died at his home in Oxfordshire in 1992.


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