John Piper was born in Epsom in 1903 and studied law before going on to study at Richmond School of Art, Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
Piper is unquestionably one of the most versatile and important British artists of the twentieth century. As well as being a highly accomplished painter and printmaker he is also known for his stained glass, ceramic, set and costume designs.
In 1979, the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford held a major restrospective of Pipers work as did the Tate in 1982.
John Piper died in 1992.