Brighton: Regency Square

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Oil on canvas

1949

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Whitehall
  • About the artist
    John Piper was born in Epsom, Surrey and worked in his father’s solicitors’ firm until 1926. He later studied art in Richmond and London. Meeting Braque in Paris inspired him to make abstract art and to exhibit with the Seven and Five Society (1934–35). In 1935 Piper collaborated with Myfanwy Evans (later, his wife) on the pioneering review, ‘Axis’. He abandoned abstract art for Neo-Romanticism and during the Second World War, as an Official War Artist, he recorded bomb-devastated buildings of England’s disappearing architectural heritage. A versatile artist, Piper made book illustrations, theatre designs, ceramics, stained-glass and textiles. Retrospectives were held at the Museum of Modern Art (Oxford, 1973) and the Tate (1983–84).
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  • Details
    Title
    Brighton: Regency Square
    Date
    1949
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 197.50 cm, width: 123.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Commissioned from the artist, January 1949
    Inscription
    bl: John Piper
    Provenance
    Ministry of Works Commission for HM Embassy, Rio de Janeiro, 1949
    GAC number
    12052