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Byland Abbey

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    britain (Taken from the departmental circulation registration 1948, made)

  • Date:

    1940 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and aquatint on grey paper

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.277-1948

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 26

At about the time he made this print of Byland Abbey in Yorkshire, the British artist John Piper (1903-1992) was moving away from experiments with modernism and abstraction and into what became virtually an obsession with architecture and antiquarianism. Buildings became characteristic subject-matter, frequently depicted in dramatic and theatrical settings. Printmaking also became more important to him from this time on, and in this work he makes very good use of the painterly qualities of aquatint, which is capable of producing a wide range of tones.

Physical description

Etching and aquatint on grey paper depicting the ruined remains of Byland Abbey

Place of Origin

britain (Taken from the departmental circulation registration 1948, made)

Date

1940 (printed)

Artist/maker

Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and aquatint on grey paper

Marks and inscriptions

Byland Abbey. 1940 Aquatint. John Piper
Unknown; On the back; ink; unknown

Dimensions

Height: 330.2 mm, Width: 279.4 mm

Descriptive line

Aquatint print by John Piper, entitled "Byland Abbey", 1940

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

Taken from the departmental circulation registration 1948
Taken from the micromedia pdf catalogue

Materials

Grey paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Etching; Aquatint

Subjects depicted

Decay; The Gothik; Landscape

Categories

Printmaking techniques; Architecture

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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