John Piper: A Very British Artist
This Spring, the gallery will be updating the permanent display with a number of exciting new additions from collections around the country.
Our gallery demonstrates Piper’s ability to diversify with work ranging from stained glass and ceramics to paintings and drawings. We have three new additions to the gallery, on loan from the Arts Council Collection, including the hand-coloured aquatint Regency Square (1939), Palace of the Bishop of Winchester (Design for mural at Merton Priory Civic Restaurant) and Stained Glass Window Sketch (Merton Priory design) both commissioned in 1942.
New loans from private collections will feature in our ‘Modern’ display, including two designs for the set of Stephen Spender’s Trial of a Judge (1938). This was one of the earliest productions that Piper worked on as part of Group Theatre during the 1930s, and shows how his experimentations with abstraction influenced his design work.
We are also excited to be displaying a new example of Piper’s work as a textile designer, a sample of his Glyders fabric produced by Sanderson & Co fashioned into a curtain.