Journals Higher Education



15 September 2011

624 Pages | Fully illustrated throughout with 80 black-and-white in-text illustrations and 80 colour plates

9.7 x 7.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199567621

Bookseller Code (01)

John Piper, Myfanwy Piper

Lives in Art

Frances Spalding

  • The first comprehensive account of the life and work of John Piper, including many of the overlooked tributaries into which his creativity overflowed
  • Contains in-depth research into all the major commissions within John Piper's lengthy career, plus much new information on his work in print-making, stained glass, illustration, theatre design - and fireworks
  • Uncovers the life and work of Myfanwy Piper; her collaborations with the composers Benjamin Britten and Alun Hoddinott, and her part in the avant-garde movement in English art during the 1930s
  • Demonstrates the key part the Pipers played in defining 'Englishness' in the mid-20th century - not least through the iconic Shell Guides
  • Shows their huge network of friendships and collaborations, with Benjamin Britten, Kenneth Clark, John Betjeman, Osbert Lancaster, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, and others
  • Draws on a mass of original research, including interviews with those who had either known or worked with the Pipers
  • Fully illustrated throughout with black-and-white in-text illustrations and colour plates