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Cheltenham: Composite of Houses in Priory Parade and Elsewhere

John Piper

Cheltenham: Composite of Houses in Priory Parade and Elsewhere

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ArtistJohn Piper (1903-1992)
TitleCheltenham: Composite of Houses in Priory Parade and Elsewhere
Date1949
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenanceMinistry of Works Commission for HM Embassy, Rio de Janeiro, 1949
ExhibitionRoom 7, Victoria & Albert Museum, London before 18 November to 4 December 1949; 'Government Art Collection: Commissions: Now and Then', Whitechapel Gallery, London 21 June to 9 September 2012; 'Revealed: Government Art Collection', Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 17 November 2012 to 24 February 2013, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 15 March to 9 June 2013
Dimensionsheight: 200.50 cm, width: 142.00 cm
Inscriptionbl: John Piper
AcquisitionCommissioned from the artist, January 1949
LocationUK, London, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Whitehall
GAC number12051
 

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John Piper

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).