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John Piper (British, 1903-1992)


Birth Place: Epsom (Surrey, England, United Kingdom)

John Piper was born on December 13, 1903 in Epsom, Surrey. He was a designer of stained-glass windows, a printmaker and a painter. He also published a book of poems along with his illustrations.

John grew up in Epsom. He discovered that he had a passion for art at a young age. He spent a lot of time outside and drew and painted pictures of the things he saw. After high school, he attended Epsom College. He did not like the school, and he eventually left it.

John initially did not have the support of his father, Charles Piper, who wanted his son to follow in his footsteps and become a solicitor. However, Charles agreed that John could choose any career that he wanted if John spent at least three years working for him. John worked in his father's office until 1928. He also contributed some of his paintings and drawings to "Nation" in 1928. After leaving the job, he studied at Richmond and Kingston School of Art. He also studied at the Royal College of Art.

John married his first wife Eileen in 1931. When he first started his career in art, he mainly drew landscape drawings. However, he took a trip to Paris in 1933, which inspired him to create more abstract drawings. John joined the London Group in 1933 and was also a member of the 7 &5 Society from 1934 to 1935.

His first marriage eventually ended, and he married his second wife named Myfanwy, who was a writer, in 1937. John began writing for the "Architectural Review" in 1938. He also published his first guidebook that same year. Additionally, John created the first stage design for Stephen Spender's "Trial of a Judge” in 1938. He made designs for numerous other operas and ballets.

John was an official WWII artist from 1940 to 1942. He painted decorations for the British Embassy in 1948, and he supervised the design of the Battersea Pleasure Gardens. John also designed windows for the Qundle School Chapel in 1954.

Although John is gone, he has left a legacy that will live on. Many of his paintings and drawings are displayed at the Tate Gallery in London.

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