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John Piper (British, 1903-1992), "Chambord", (Levinson 202), 1971, screenprint in colors, signed, ed. 70

John Piper (British, 1903-1992), "Chambord", (Levinson 202), 1971, screenprint in colors, signed, ed. 70

Item Description:

Signed "John Piper" in pencil lower right, numbered 69/70 lower left, published by Marlborough Fine Art, London, with full margins, framed


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Inherited from the father of the current owner


Sheet: Height 19 in. x Width 26.75 in.

Frame: Height 26.75 in. x Width 33.75 in.

About The Artist:

John Piper was born in Surrey, England, in 1903. As a youth, he loved to ride his bicycle around the town, sketching churches and other historical landmarks throughout Surrey.

Although Piper's father wanted him to follow in his own footsteps and become a solicitor, Piper wished to become an artist. After the death of his father, Piper resigned from the family law firm and devoted himself to art. He attended the Richmond School of Art from 1926-27, and then enrolled in the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1927. There, he studied painting under Morris Kestelman and stained glass and lithography under Francis Spear. He frequently chose architecture as a subject for his paintings.

During World War II, Piper was an official war artist for England. His sensitive rendering of Coventry Cathedral after its bombing by the Germans won him many accolades. In 1958, Piper was commissioned to design the restoration of the stained glass windows for the Baptistery at Coventry Cathedral, a project completed in 1962. He also designed tapestries for other churches in the United Kingdom.

Piper was also a prolific writer and stage designer. He founded the journal Axis with his wife, the painter Myfanwy Evans. Later, he became a costume and scenery designer, most notably for the production of the venerable composer Benjamin Britten's final opera, "Death in Venice," for the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, 1973. Piper passed away in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1992.

This work is a view of the Ch‰ateau de Chambord, located in the city of Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, famous for its distinctive French Renaissance architecture. At this point in his career, Piper was interested in grand buildings with flamboyant architecture. He first visited this chateau in 1971 on his way to Venice, Italy, to conduct research for the set designs for the Benjamin Britten opera "Death in Venice". The influence of the roof pavilions at Chambord is evident in Piper's original drawings for the set designs for Britten's opera.


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John Piper (British, 1903-1992), "Chambord", (Levinson 202), 1971, screenprint in colors, signed, ed. 70

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