The Cottage by Frith Wood, Hampshire

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Oil on board

1941

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: India
    City: New Delhi
    Place: British High Commission
  • 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
    The Cottage by Frith Wood, Hampshire
    Date
    1941
    Medium
    Oil on board
    Dimensions
    height: 71.00 cm, width: 91.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the New Art Centre, June 1984
    Inscription
    signed and inscribed verso
    Provenance
    Sold through Sotheby's, 23 May 1984 (Lot 207); purchased from New Art Centre June 1984
    GAC number
    16273