Piper, John: Northern Cathedral
This stunning screenprinted ‘Sanderlin’ cotton fabric was one of 5 designs commissioned from John Piper as part of the Arthur Sanderson and Company centenary celebrations in 1960, it was designed in 1961 and manufactured from 1962.
The design was based on the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Sheffield, a city in which Piper painted a number of views. It incorporates lighter (day-time) and darker (night-time) bands and used at least 15 colours, far more than conventional screenprints on paper.
This design is seldom found in such excellent condition and has been expertly mounted, glazed and framed.
More images can be provided on request.
Artist: John Piper (1903 – 1992)
Title and date: Northern Cathedral, designed 1961, manufactured 1962
Size: 37 x 53.5 cms.
Born in Epsom, John Egerton Christmas Piper studied at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1927-8. 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 January 1934. 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, especially churches. 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 as well as some 40 years editing the Shell Guide series. His work is held in many Museums and Galleries.