Piper, John: Halifax


John Piper’s coverage of urban-industrial locations was somewhat limited and even more so in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Consequently, ‘Halifax’ provides a near unique image capturing the town during its heyday in a vivid and dynamic limited edition screenprint, an initialled artist’s proof inscribed ‘A/P’ and framed.

Please ignore the publication date on this print, it was created much earlier but only issued in 1990. John Piper was very ill by this stage in his life and was only able to initial prints.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Halifax, 1990, (Levinson 427)

Size: 56.5 x 78.0 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 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.