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Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire: Medieval Stone (1964) Original Lithograph by John Piper (1903-1992) Lithograph

Artist(s): John Piper
Medium: Lithograph
Number of Editions: No. 51 from an edition of 70
Framed: yes
Print Size: 48.6 x 68.7 cm
Paper Size: 59.5 x 82 cm

Artist(s) Biographies:

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John Piper, (1903-1992)

Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire: Medieval Stone, 1964

Lithograph

Image size: 48.6 x 68.7 cm / sheet size: 59.5 x 82 cm

No. 51 from an edition of 70

Signed lower right

Framed in oak

 

Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire: Medieval Stone was printed in 1964 as part of John Piper’s A Retrospect of Churches suite of twenty-four original colour lithographs. The portfolio was inspired by his interest in British ecclesiastical architecture, a passion which he shared with his friend John Betjeman who wrote a foreword to accompany the collection’s release:

 

John Piper does not confine himself to one particular district or style of architecture. He enjoys the bold carving of the Normans on fonts and doors; the splendour of the great wool churches of flinty East Anglia and the towers and spires of the limestone belt stretching from Lincolnshire to Somerset. He likes to show what time does to churches and the effect of lichens on country churches and smoke on town ones and decay on both. The accompanying lithographs are the distillation of half a century’s looking at churches.

 

The edition was limited to seventy-five copies of which five were not for sale. All copies were numbered and signed by the artist. Each lithograph was printed from the lithographic stone at the Curwen studios under the supervision of the master printer Stanley Jones.

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