Piper, John: St Peter ad Vincula


A rare and attractive copy of an original work by John Piper depicting the Church of St Peter ad Vincula in South Newington, Oxfordshire and reproduced in the 1980s to support the Church Fund. Only 40 copies were produced and this is number 16.

Saint Peter ad Vincula is the parish church of South Newington, a village about 5 miles southwest of Banbury. It is one of only 15 in England dedicated to ‘St Peter in Chains’ after the basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. A Grade I listed building, it has Norman origins and was enlarged in the 13th century with 15th century additions.

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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: St Peter ad Vincula, South Newington, (original painting, 1968).

Size: 55.7 x 76.6 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.