John Piper (1903-1992)

His home and studio, Fawley Bottom Farmhouse, near Henley, Oxford
12 March 1977

Piper was a painter, printmaker, designer and writer. His work ranged from paintings and drawings of the British landscapeparticularly churches and monumentsto screen prints, photography, designs for stained glass and theatre sets. An official war artist in World War II, Piper designed the set for Britten's The Rape of Lucretia (1946) and a year later became a founding director of the English Opera Group. He produced stained glass for the baptistery window of Coventry Cathedral (1962).

‘The Pipers live in a farmhouse and he has converted the adjoining creamery into a fine studio with excellent lighting’, Schwartz recalled. ‘Piper is quite familiar with photography and has a Hasselblad. He was very interested in the Polaroid attachment and I probably talked him into acquiring one. He was very so gracious and obliging as far as sitting for me.’

Photo © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photo © National Portrait Gallery, London