Piper, John: The Pebble Alcove, Stowe
An eternal favourite, this limited edition screenprint is one of a number of works John Piper completed of subjects at Stowe, signed and numbered 1 of 70, framed, and in very good condition.
Stowe House is a grade I listed country house in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, it is the home of Stowe School, an independent school, but is regularly open to the public. The gardens (known as Stowe Landscape Gardens) along with part of the Park, passed into the ownership of The National Trust in 1989 and are open to the public.
The Pebble Alcove is a delightful Grade II* listed building set in a treed area just a few steps from the bank of the Octagon Lake in the Landscape Gardens.
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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992), signed and marked in pencil in the margin
Title and date: Pebble Alcove, Stowe, 1986, (Levinson 386)
Size: 61.5 x 45.3 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 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.