John Piper :: Bedford Sq, Brighton aquatint, 1939 :: £550 ::

Original aquatint

Bedford Square



Image size: 21 x 29cm

Sheet size: 25.5 x 38cm

Open/Limited Edition: Open

Condition: Fine





One of 12 original aquatints of Brighton created by John Piper in 1938 and published
by Duckworth in 1939.

Unlike the hand coloured edition (55 copies), this edition was not numbered but it is generally accepted that the edition size was 200. Printed on hand made paper, the prints were not signed, although Piper did sign and dedicate some copies of the book.


Copy of the front page of the portfolio signed by John Piper will be included together with a short description of the image by the artist.









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Bedford Square

A small square opening onto the promenade at Hove, just east of Brunswick Terrace and the new Embassy Court building. The Regency houses are stuccoed, and some of them painted in pale yellows, greys and browns. Others are of unpainted stucco, and all their pale colours part and mingle like the counterpoint in the slow movement of a symphony. The verandahs and awnings provide the decorative motif, and the bowed house-fronts themselves have an ebullience that suits the seaside scene. They are, in feeling, as near as English architecture ever is to the spirit of a Rowlandson print—a rare English spirit that combines health and heartiness with a sense and elegance. On a misty October morning the beauty of shapes and colours in Bedford Square takes the breath away. The yellow and grey houses appear through the faint yellow-grey mist; the sea begins to sparkle with prickly sunlight beyond the fanciful bandstand on the promenade—even the Brighton Corporation lamp-standard has a suitable gaiety.

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