Piper, John: the Aldeburgh Scarf (white on dark blue background)


Known as the ‘Aldeburgh Scarf’, this beautiful silk scarf shows an image of Snape Maltings Concert Hall and was produced to celebrate its reopening following a devastating fire in 1969. Completed in 1970, the scarf was on sale from 1974 until 1981.

The scarf is in superb condition and looks wonderful framed, which we can offer. Produced in several different colourways, this version is the most striking, printed in white on a dark blue background,

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper (1903 – 1992), signed in the design

Title and date: The Aldeburgh Scarf, 1970

Size: 82 x 82 cms.


Artist Description:

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.