Piper Gallery

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.


New for Spring 2019! This season, the gallery will showcase pieces from Piper’s ‘Eye & Camera’ series.

John Piper is one of Britain’s most prolific and versatile artists of the 20th Century.  The Museum’s gallery features works from private and public collections, many on display for the first time, which demonstrate Piper’s outstanding ability to diversify from paintings and drawings to stained glass and ceramics.

This spring the gallery will be shining a spotlight on Piper’s best-known series of figure works, Eye & Camera. In the 1960s and 70s photography was looked down on by many in the art establishment. Piper went against the grain and developed this remarkable series of experimental works featuring a semi naked woman, his wife Myfanwy, which were a combination of his own photography, drawing and collage that formed the basis for screen-prints.

New artworks on display include an original design drawing for Piper’s ‘Glyders’ textile and an artist’s proof of Inglesham Church.