This design was exhibited at the John Piper retrospective exhibition at The Tate Gallery, London 1983. Sanderson's commissioned five textiles from the painter and designer John Piper as part of their 1960 centenary celebrations. These were screen printed on Sanderlin, a high quality satinised cotton. 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. Stage designer for British computer Benjamin Britten's operas. Wrote about architecture and was closely involved in the Shell Guides, regional countryside guides. *1
**Rufey, Celia & Schoeser, Mary English and American Textiles from 1790 to the present p 220
screen-printed Sanderlin satinised cotton, the abstract design in shades of green, violet, chocolate and light brown, black, red, pink, coral, yellow and whtie, the selvedges with Stones of Bath. An original screen printed by Sandersons repeated four times.
repeat 21 in. 54 cm. This piece is three full repeats + more
Length 7ft 4 in x 49 1/2 in ; 2.25 x 1.26 m
I would be prepared to cut this long length if you wanted say half which could be mounted
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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