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FS32: Two Day Fine Art Sale

John Piper [1903-1992] - North Moreton Church, Berkshire

Auction Lot FS32/337

John Piper [1903-1992] - North Moreton Church, Berkshire - signed bottom right, further signed, inscribed and dated 1941 on the backboard, oil on canvas laid on panel, 49 x 65cm.

John Piper [1903-1992] - North Moreton Church, Berkshire (FS32/337) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 4th October 2016 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

John Piper [1903-1992] - North Moreton Church, Berkshire - signed bottom right, further signed, inscribed and dated 1941 on the backboard, oil on canvas laid on panel, 49 x 65cm.

This lot is subject to Droit de Suite.


The Redfern Gallery Ltd., Cork Street, London * Biography. John Piper Was A Painter, Notably Of Architecture And Landscape, A Designer Of Stained Glass, Theatre Designer, Author And Writer. He Was Born In Epsom And In His Early Years Studied Law, [1921-1926], Working In His Father's Law Firm. From 1926 He Went On To Study Art At Richmond And Kingston, Latterly At The Royal College, And It Was Here That He Met And Married His First Wife Eileen Holding. He Visited Paris And Was Absorbed By The Abstract Painters He Met There, Influencing His Style From The Early 1930s. But By The Late 1930s He Had Reverted To Representational Work. In 1937 He Worked, Along With John Betjamin, On The Famous Shell Series Of Guide Books. His First Solo Show, Of Collages And Drawings, Was At The London Gallery In 1938. At This Time He Was Also A Prolific Writer, Working For The New Statesman And The Athenaeum. John Piper Went On To Exhibit With The Leicester Galleries From 1940-1960.In 1942 He Published The Best-selling Monograph, English Romantic Artists. His Ballet Designs Included The Quest In 1943 And Commissions For Benjamin Britten .He Was An Official War Artist From 1939-1945.In 1940 Piper Persuaded The War Artists Commission That He Should Be Painting The Sights Of Bombed Churches. As A Recent Convert To The Anglican Church And With The Subject Of Ruined Buildings Being Close To His Heart, This Agreed Commission Produced A Number Of His Finest Mixed Media Drawings. His Stained Glass Window Designs Include Coventry Cathedral And Christchurch College Chapel, Oxford. He Also Created Tapestries For Chichester Cathedral, Hereford And Llandaff. In The 1960s And 1970s Piper Spent Time Painting Extensively In Pembrokeshire. Retrospectives Were Held At The Museum Of Modern Art, Oxford In 1979 And The Tate Gallery In 1983. Centenary Shows Were At Pallant House And Goldmark Gallery. John Piper Lived In A Derelict Farmhouse At Fawley Bottom, Oxfordshire With His Second Wife Myfanwy Evans. In Later Life He Suffered From Dementia And Died At His Home In 1992.

Price Realised




Sale Information

FS32: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 4th October 2016
Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Okehampton Street, Exeter

This lot will be sold after 2:30pm on Tuesday, 4th October 2016 as part of the Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures section of the sale.


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