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John Piper

Born 1903, Died 1992
The British painter, designer and writer John Piper studied at Richmond College of Art (1926-7) and the Royal College of Art (1927-9). He became a member of the London Group in 1933 and the Seven & Five Society (of which Frances Hodgkins was a member) in 1934 and exhibited in Abstract-Concrete at the Lefevre Gallery in 1935. With Myfanwy Evans (whom he later married) he edited and produced the periodical Axis and his British Romantic Artists appeared in 1942. During World War II he was an Official War Artist. Piper was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth to make watercolours of Windsor Castle and by Osbert Sitwell to paint the Sitwell family homes of Renishaw, Derbyshire and Montegufoni near Florence. Piper had a major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1983.
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