Piper, John: Île-d’Elle
Lithograph printed in colours, numbered 17/75, printed and published by Harley Brothers, Edinburgh, with full margins. There is a small semi-circular water stain to the upper left margin of the border of the print – well away from the image itself – and this is reflected in the competitive price. The print has a distinctive and high quality original frame.
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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992), signed and inscribed in pencil in the margin
Title and date: Île-d’Elle, 1958 (Levinson 110)
Size: 44 x 58 cms.
Artist description: An extraordinarily prolific and creative artist and designer, John Egerton Christmas Piper was born in Epsom, he 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 briefly 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.