Description: oil on canvas laid on panel
Dimensions: 50.5 by 61cm.; 19¾ by 24in.
Medium: oil on canvas laid on panel
Condition Report: The canvas is original and the panel appears sound. There are a small number of very small losses to the paint to the left edge of the white incised cloud-like form, which appear to be associated with the Artist's technique of incising into the canvas and panel below. There are two further possible tiny flecks of loss, one in the lower left quadrant in the black on white incised area and in the lower right quadrant in the ochre incised architectural feature. There is some extremely fine craquelure to the black pigment in the lower right quadrant. There is some very light surface dust and studio detritus in places. Subject to the above, the work appears to be in excellent overall condition. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals no obvious signs of fluorescence or retouching. The work is held within a wooden slip and in a painted wooden frame behind glass. Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
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Exhibited: Leeds, Temple Newsam,
Henry Moore, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, 25th July - 28th September 1941, cat. no.98;
Leicester, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery,
Three British Artists, Henry Moore, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Organised for Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts by the British Institute of Adult Education, November - December 1941, cat. no.45.
Literature: S. John Woods,
John Piper, Paintings, Drawings and Theatre Designs, 1932-1954, Curt Valentin, New York, 1955, cat. no.77, illustrated;
John Piper, Secker and Warburg, London, 1979, p.69, illustrated.
Provenance: The Leicester Galleries, London
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Sir Michael Sadler
Portland Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner in May 2013