Piper, John: Duchêne Fountain, Blenheim


A dynamic and vividly colourful screenprint, numbered 29 of only 70, framed.

As part of the refurbishment of the gardens of Blenhem Palace after 1896, the French landscape architect Achille Duchêne was employed by the ninth Duke of Marlborough to create a water garden. This included two great fountains in the style of Bernini, scaled models of those in the Piazza Navona which had been presented to the 1st Duke.


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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Duchêne Fountain, Blenheim, 1989, (Levinson 418)

Size: 42.0 x 59.8 cms.


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 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.