Abstract: Nailsworth Mill, Gloucestershire

John Piper, mural 1958

Abstract: Nailsworth Mill, Gloucestershire (1958)
John Piper (1903-1992)
oil on canvas, laid on board, 254x571.5cm


John Piper, painter of architecture, landscape and abstract compositions, designer and writer on the arts. He was born in Surrey and studied at the Richmond and Kingston Schools of Art and at the Royal College of Art 1928-29. He was a member of the London Group 1933 and the 7&5 Society 1934-35. He wrote for the Architectural Review and his first stage designs were for Stephen Spender’s Trial of a Judge 1938. He was an official War Artist 1940-42. From 1950 Piper worked in stained glass and in partnership with Patrick Reyntiens, they designed stained glass for many cathedrals including Coventry and Chichester Cathedral. In a diverse and long career he was also a set designer and designed many of the productions of Benjamin Britten’s operas. Many of his works are included in the Tate collection and major retrospective exhibitions of his work include those held at Tate Britain and the Imperial War Museum. The mural at Morley College was originally painted for the common room and was commissioned by Denis Richards, Principal 1950-65.

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