John Piper's Brighton Aquatints

Alan Powers


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The Mainstone Press
2 December 2019
ISBN: 9780957666566
112 pages

From the publisher

Originally published in late 1939, John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints celebrated some of the seaside resort’s most iconic architecture, from the Royal Pavilion and West Pier to its stuccoed terraces and Victorian churches. The volume was the only proper ‘artist’s book’ created by Piper and, with its unique use of the aquatint medium throughout, a pivotal work of its time. With help from John Betjeman, Piper hand-coloured 55 special copies of the edition of 250. This new edition brings Piper’s monochrome and coloured prints together for the first time, alongside his quirky descriptions of the scenes. Alan Powers provides an additional commentary on each plate and an introduction exploring the book’s conception and production.