Piper, John: Canterbury Cathedral
A very rare machine-made lithograph produced by the British Travel and Holidays Association to encourage foreign visitors to take holidays in England, framed.
‘Lithographed by John Piper’, the poster is in excellent condition and includes a brief description of Canterbury.
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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992).
Title and date: Canterbury Cathedral, 1956, (Levinson 102)
Size: 83.9 x 61.0 cms.
Born in Epsom, John Egerton Christmas Piper studied at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1926-8. In the mid 1930s, after a visit to Paris, he turned to abstraction. He became a member of the London Group in 1933 and the ‘Seven and Five’ group in 1934-5. During this period he became friends with Oliver Simon of the Curwen Press and his interest in lithography and print making grew. During the Second World War, Piper was appointed as an official war artist recording the effects of the blitz on Britain’s buildings. After the war, he became a Trustee of the Tate and National Galleries and in 1959 he became a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission. Piper is best known for his extensive studies of British architecture and landscape in oil, watercolour and print, and for his photography, stained glass, ceramics, fabric design, murals, stage sets and costume design. His work is held in many Museums and Galleries.