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John Piper (1903-1992), Artist and writer

John Egerton Christmas Piper

Sitter in 58 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Piper studied at the Royal College of Art before joining the Seven and Five Society. From 1934 he collaborated on the magazine Axis with writer and librettist Myfanwy Evans, whom he married in 1937. Piper gained prominence for his representational style, designing sets for theatre, ballet and opera. He collaborated on books with W.H. Auden and John Betjeman. In 1946 Piper designed the set for Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, and in 1947 became a founding director of the English Opera Group. He went on to design most of Britten's stage works, including three operas for which his wife Myfanwy was librettist. Piper's publications include Brighton Aquatints (1939) and Buildings and Prospects (1949).

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Benjamin Britten

by John Egerton Christmas Piper
bromide print, October 1971
NPG x15259