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Pair of Coventry Cathedral Anniversary Screenprints Pair of Coventry Cathedral Anniversary Screenprints Pair of Coventry Cathedral Anniversary Screenprints

Pair of Coventry Cathedral Anniversary Screenprints

Item Code: JP-cov-pair
Medium
Screenprint
Edition Size
250
Signed
Signed in plate
Date of Work
2015
Suite
Coventry Anniversary
Base price $1,091
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Piper arrived in Coventry the morning after the air raid of 14 November 1940 that resulted in 1000 casualties and the destruction of the medieval Coventry Cathedral. He made drawings of the Cathedral, still on fire when he arrived, which he subsequently worked up into two oil paintings in his studio, Interior of Coventry Cathedral, now exhibited at the Herbert Art Gallery, described by Jeffery Daniels in The Times as "all the more poignant for the exclusion of a human element" and Coventry Cathedral, now exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery.

During Piper's lifetime, prints were often made of his paintings using the screenprinting process. The prints offered here are handmade by master printmakers using the same traditional techniques, each of the 20 colours being applied seperately through screens.

Piper showed great generosity towards cathedrals and churches. We hope that in offering these prints we can help his contribution to endure. 75 years after the Coventry blitz, we hope that these two new limited edition Piper screenprints will raise £100,000 for Coventry Cathedral.

£200 from the sale of each of these prints will be donated to the Cathedral

Print sizes are 51 x 43 cm and 41 x 48 cm.
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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