Old Lighthouse, Portland

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Watercolour on paper

September 1953

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    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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    Old Lighthouse, Portland
    September 1953
    Watercolour on paper
    height: 35.50 cm, width: 53.50 cm
    Purchased from Leicester Galleries, March 1962
    br: John Piper ; bl: Portland / Sep. / 1953
    Consigned by the artist to Leicester Galleries, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in March 1962
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