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Exton, Rutland: monument by Grinling Gibbons, 1686

Item Code: JP-126-s
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Levinson 126
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A Retrospect of Churches
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The artist created these lithographs between the autumn of 1963 and the autumn of 1964. They have been printed from stone at The Curwen Studio, London, under the supervision of Stanley Jones.

Grinling Gibbons’ monument to Viscount Campden (and his four wives and nineteen children, commissioned in 1683) is among the more magnificent installations in nearby Exton Church, Rutland, chock full as it is with stone carvings dating some 700 years back to the parish’s foundation. Piper’s lithographic rendition of the monument is typical of his idiosyncratic approach, weathering this otherwise finely marbled memorial with the chalky textures of time.
John Piper PortraitJohn Piper was born at Epsom in Surrey, 1903. Following his father’s wishes, he spent 5 years in the family law firm before pursuing art, firstly at Richmond School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. In the 1930s Piper exhibited abstract pictures and constructions, then reverted to creating landscape and architectural images, developing the picturesque style that features in his later work.

Piper experimented with printmaking from as early as 1923 when he produced four wood engravings. Piper’s prints embody his love of Britain through their depiction of its art, architecture and topography. However frequently underpinning their design, as the artist Rigby Graham has indicated, are the elements of collage, construction and assemblage that featured in his modernist work of the early 1930s.
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