Piper, John: Stag Rock, Freshwater Cliffs, Isle of Wight
A lovely free-flowing sketch, the view is west from Butter Bay towards Fort Redoubt and Freshwater Cave. Stag Rock is named after the tale of a stag leaping to the safety of the rock from the cliff to escape a hunt. S John Woods 1955 book on John Piper has 4 ink sketches of Freshwater Cliffs (wrongly dated 1952) including Stag Rock and part of The Arch. Ex Bohun Gallery and Dr Peter Mangold.
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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992), inscribed 13:1:53 in pen in the left margin
Title and date: Stag Rock, Freshwater Cliffs, Isle of Wight, 13th January 1953
Size: 23.0 x 29.0 cms, framed.
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.