29 September 2020
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John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)
signed 'John Piper' (lower right)
ink, watercolour, gouache, and wax crayon on paper
15 x 22 in. (38.1 x 56.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1978.
with Julian Lax, London, where purchased by the present owner on 19 September 2002.
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J. Osborne, John Piper and Stained Glass, Stroud,1997, pp. 36, 82, figs. 19, 58.
S. Martin, exhibition catalogue, The Fabric of Modernism, Chichester, Pallant House Gallery, 2016, p. 4, fig. 1.
This work, dating from the 1970s or early 1980s, is known to have been retained in John Piper’s studio at his home at Fawley Bottom until the late 1990s: it is visible in situ in photographic records which were made a few years after the artist’s death. Whether or not Piper had conceived the work with such a project in mind, it was used as the basis of a large tapestry which features as the backdrop in a photographic portrait of the artist, made in 1990, by Nicholas Sinclair (b. 1954).
We are very grateful to Rev. Dr Stephen Laird FSA for preparing this catalogue entry.
Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
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