Piper, John: Wymondham, Norfolk


Atmospheric and dramatic, this is one of Piper’s great screenprints, offering colourful evocation of Wymondham Abbey whose grounds include the remains of a monastery founded in 1107 although excavation in 2002 discovered the fabric of an earlier Late Saxon or Norman church.

This stunning showpiece work is signed, numbered 50 of 70, and attractively framed.

Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Wymondham, Norfolk, 1981, (Levinson 324)

Size: 55.7 x 76.6 cms.


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.