Piper, John: Clymping Beach – SOLD


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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Clymping Beach, 1953, (Levinson 81)

Image size: 40.5 x 55.0 cms.

Description: As an example of John Piper’s monochrome lithographs from the early 1950s, Clymping Beach demonstrates the power of his skill in using a single colour to create texture and perspective. The print reflects his creative and detailed mark making, especially in relation to the beach, dunes and sky. This print is signed in pencil and numbered 3 of only 50. It’s in immaculate condition, it’s been recently framed and is ready to hang!

Clymping or Climping beach is located between Littlehampton and Bognor in Sussex. It is made up of shingle and pebbles held in place by a series of wooden groynes and is backed by low sand dunes and fields and as the tide goes out, a vast expanse of sand is exposed. The beach was used as a location for a couple of episodes of Doctor Who in the 1960s and ’70s!

More images can be provided on request.

Artist description:

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 1930a, 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.