Fowey Harbour in Wartime

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Watercolour on paper

c.1944
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  • 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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    Title
    Fowey Harbour in Wartime
    Date
    c.1944
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 58.00 cm, width: 72.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Presented via the Imperial War Museum, War Artists' Advisory Committee, April 1946
    Inscription
    br: John Piper
    Provenance
    Gift from Imperial War Museum, War Artists' Advisory Committee, 1946
    GAC number
    81