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Etching with aquatint - The First Avenue Hotel, Hove
  • The First Avenue Hotel, Hove
    Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992
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The First Avenue Hotel, Hove

  • Object:

    Etching with aquatint

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed and published)

  • Date:

    ca.1939 (made)
    1939 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992 (artist)
    Duckworth (publisher)
    The Curwen Press (Printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and aquatint coloured by hand

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP 30

John Piper shared his delight in the quirkiness and charm of English seaside buildings with his great friend, the poet and architectural writer John Betjeman. Both were fascinated by old guide-books and by the albums of topographical views that had enjoyed such a vogue in the years around 1780-1820. Experimenting with the old-fashioned aquatint etching process, Piper found a medium which exactly suited his desire to combine abstracted pattern with carefully rendered architectural detail. Remarkably receptive to both the elegance and rackety, decaying charm of Brighton, Piper made a set of twelve plates. They were published in a traditional oblong album format, with descriptions of the subjects by the artist and an introduction by Lord Alfred Douglas. A small number of sets were bound up with the prints individually hand-coloured by Piper himself, his wife Myfanwy and John Betjeman.

Physical description

Print, etching and aquatint of a Hotel in Hove, Brighton (1940)

Place of Origin

London (printed and published)


ca.1939 (made)
1939 (published)


Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992 (artist)
Duckworth (publisher)
The Curwen Press (Printers)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and aquatint coloured by hand


Height: 19.4 cm, Width: 27.5 cm, Height: 254 mm, Width: 177.8 mm

Object history note

Plate 1 of twelve from the series 'Brighton Aquatints' by John Piper published by Duckworth in 1939

Descriptive line

Plate from Brighton Aquatints by John Piper entitled "The First Avenue Hotel, Hove" (1940)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Piper, John Aquatints of Brighton London: Duckworth, 1939
Taken from the departmental circulation registration 1948
Taken from the micromedia pdf catalogue


Printing ink


Etching; Aquatint

Subjects depicted

Houses; Architecture, Building


Prints; Architectural drawings; Architecture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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