John Piper (1903-1992)
John Egerton Christmas Piper was born in Epsom, Surrey on 19 December 1903.
He was a painter, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows and both opera and theatre sets. His work often focused on the British landscape, especially churches and monuments, and included tapestry designs, book jackets, screen-prints, photography, fabrics and ceramics. He was educated at Epsom College and trained at the Richmond School of Art followed by the Royal College of Art in London. Piper was an official war artist in World War II and his wartime depictions of bomb-damaged churches and landmarks, most notably those of Coventry Cathedral, made Piper a household name and led to his work being acquired by several public collections. John Piper died at his home at Fawley Bottom, Buckinghamshire on 28 June 1992.