John Piper’s view of EnglandSt Christopher

John Piper
Event 4
Saturday October 10th, 5.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

An illustrated lecture by biographer Frances Spalding

This is an archived event from the 2009 Programme.

John Piper is well known as a painter, printmaker, photographer, writer, illustrator, stage and stained glass designer, and editor of architectural guides. His greatest attraction as an artist is possibly his feeling for place. He had a passion for looking at landscapes, towns and architecture, admiring the vernacular as much as classical grandeur or baroque rhetoric. He encouraged us to look and look again at the beauty of flint, the decorative use of brick, at Victorian shop fronts and the gaiety and swagger of architecture in coastal areas.

This lecture will take us to many places, including Stowe and other sites in Buckinghamshire and will illustrate Piper’s delight in “pleasing decay” and “decrepit glory”, in characteristics that cumulatively embody an English vision, an English style.

Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer, and is currently Professor of Art History at the University of Newcastle. She has written extensively on twentieth-century British Art. Her book John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art will be published by Oxford University Press in September 2009. She is the author of British Art since 1900, a Thames & Hudson paperback, and has also published a centenary history of the Tate. She has written lives of Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, John Minton, Duncan Grant, Gwen Raverat and the poet Stevie Smith.

Click here for Frances Spalding's website

Lecture sponsored by Bridget Clarke