Piper, John: Three Somerset Towers

£2,500.00

One of John Piper’s classics, ‘Three Somerset Towers’ gives the impression of a collage of three images of church towers mounted separately on marbled paper – also designed by Piper – when it’s actually a single image. This is an imposing, dramatic and hard to find work, it’s numbered 51 of 70 and presented in its original frame.

The three towers are, from left to right, Backwell, Chewton Mendip and Leigh on Mendip.

More images can be provided on request.


Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)


Title and date: Three Somerset Towers, 1973, (Levinson 236)


Size: 64.9 x 89.9 cms.


Description

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 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.