Piper, John: Prometheus


Produced by Faber and Faber, this small folio or pamphlet is from the Ariel poems series and is entitled ‘Prometheus’ by Edwin Muir. It contains an original lithograph in colours by John Piper printed on cream wove paper to near full sheet size. It was issued in an edition of c.500 and is remarkably scarce. It’s complete with the original printed envelope, a soft cover, title page and two further black and white illustrations by Piper, it’s a lovely item and looks superb framed.

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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Prometheus, 1954, (Levinson 87)

Size: 21.5 x 13.8 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.