John Piper Somerset Place, Bath 1942

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Artist
John Piper 1903–1992
Title
Somerset Place, Bath
Date 1942
Medium Graphite, ink and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 489 x 762 mm
frame: 707 x 976 x 25 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05720

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In 1942 Piper was suddenly sent to Bath following three nights of bombing there. He worked while the buildings were still burning. Reviewing an exhibition of war art at the National Gallery in October 1941 Piper wrote, 'after a war the controlled emotional record of actual events - the record made at once from experience and in the heat of the moment - is the only one that counts'. The watercolours he made in Bath provided the occasion for making such a record. They are the first to achieve the theatrical lighting effects typical of his work.

August 2004

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