Piper, John: The Arch, Freshwater Cliffs, Isle of Wight – SOLD


Piper has added painting notes to this sketch providing a vivid example of his technique when developing artworks. The image was used to illustrate Phoenix Broadsheet No.280 of the poem ‘An End to Love’ by Arthur Caddick in 1986. The Arch collapsed on the 25th October 1992. S. John Woods 1955 book on John Piper has 4 ink sketches of Freshwater Cliffs (wrongly dated 1952) including part of The Arch.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992), inscribed ‘Freshwater, IOW, 51’ in pen in the right lower margin

Title and date: The Arch, Freshwater Cliffs, Isle of Wight, 1951

Size: 15.5 x 23.2 cms, framed.

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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.