This screenprint was enlarged from a photograph that Piper had made much earlier. He chose it to become part of his portfolio of prints called Stones and Bones. In it he assembled a range of his favourite works as a demonstration of his art and what it was about.
The photograph was originally taken as part of a survey of the ancient fonts in British churches, which had not been studied before. These were some of the oldest sculpture in Britain, and Piper related them to the abstract paintings he made in the 1930s.
Gallery label, July 2008