Sandersons commissioned five textiles from the painter and designer John Piper as part of their 1960 centenary celebrations. From the late 1950's to the early 60's there was a definite interest in painterly textiles that demonstrated the unique potential of screen printing, with its ability to capture the quality of brush-stroked colour. ** The monumental grandeur of many artists' textiles in the early 1960's was necessary if they were to work in the large scale architectural interiors of the era which witnesed a rapid growth in new public buildings, all which required furnishing with suitably prestigious fabrics *
John Piper (1903-1972) was a major figure in modern British art. He designed the Baptistry window at Coventry Cathedral and was a stage designer for Benjamin Britten's operas. He wrote about architecture and illustrated the Shell Guides, the regional countryside guides.
Stones of Bath was exhibited at the John Piper retrospective exhibition, The Tate Gallery, London 1983.
Stones of Bath screen-printed on cotton, the abstract design featuring buildings in Bath in vibrant shades of green, ochre, terracotta, ivory, brown.
A @ 1.47 x 1.16 m wide - 2 full repeats + extra top and bottom.
B @ 1.50 m d x 1.17 m wide - 2 full repeats + extra top and bottom.
C @ 1.36 m d x 1m w - Full width and 2 full repeats + extra top and bottom
D @ 2.15 m dx 1.15 wide - 3 repeats + extra top and bottom.
E @ 2.15 m drop x 1.15 m wide - 3 repeats + extra top and bottom.
F @ 2.20 m drop x 1.15 m wide - 3 repeats + extra top and bottom.
G @ 1.42 m x 1.05 m wide - 2 repeats + extra top and bottom.
H @ 7ft x 49 in; 2.14 m x 1.25 m wide - Full width and 3 full repeats.
These were curtains which I have unpicked and had professionally cleaned by a company who does cleaning for museums.
A - Left hand selvedge printed with Stones of Bath. An orignal screen print by Sanderson. Right hand selvedge folded under and machined.
B - Right hand selvedge in place but no wording. Left cut.
C - Left hand selvedge printed Stones of Bath. An orignal screen print by Sanderson. Right hand selvedge no writing.
D - Left hand selvedge only. Right hand selvedge turned under and torn edge.
E - Left hand selvedge only. Right hand selvedge torn where fabric folded and machined.
F - Selvedge to selvedge. Left hand selvedge printed Stones of Bath. An orignal screen print by Sanderson Right hand selvedge no wriitng.
G - Both selvedges turned under and machined.
H - Selvedge to selvedge. Left hand selvedge printed with Stones of Bath. An original screen print by Sanderson.
Piper's Palaces. John Piper in England & Wales by Richard Ingrams & John Piper
*Artists Textiles in Britain 1945-1970 by Geoffrey Rayner, Richard Chamberlain & Anne-Marie Stapleton.
**English and American Textiles from 1790 to the present by Celia Ruffey & Mary Schoeser, p 220.
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