Bedford Square, Brighton

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Watercolour on paper

1938
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: looted or destroyed

    Destroyed or looted in riots, Baghdad, Iraq, 1958

  • 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
    Bedford Square, Brighton
    Date
    1938
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 35.60 cm, width: 48.20 cm
    Inscription
    br: Bedford Square Brighton / John Piper
    Provenance
    Collection of ‘Mrs. Andrews’; from whom purchased by the Leicester Galleries, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in September 1955
    GAC number
    3285