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Regency Square From The West Pier

Item Code: JP-14-u
Hand coloured etching with aquatint
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Levinson 14
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Brighton Aquatints
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From the Brighton Aquatints suite. Hand coloured edition of 55.

Notes by the artist: Regency Square from the West Pier.

A dazzling white meringue, brittle and sweet, the pier has none of that delicate efficiency that the old chain pier possessed. The town was first in the English field with a pier, and its present ones are as florid and grand as any anywhere. They both look as if they are trying to project Brighton's swagger half across the Channel. Regency Square is laid out on the gentle slope immediately behind, and the busy part of Hove climbs the hill behind that.
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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