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Brighton Aquatints. Twelve original aquatints of modern Brighton with short descriptions by the artist and an introduction by Lord Alfred Douglas

Piper, John. Douglas, Lord Alfred

London. Curwen Press for Duckworth. 1939
The deluxe edition of Piper's charming and evocative hand-coloured aquatints of Brighton.

From the signed edition limited to 55 copies, each plate hand coloured by John Piper.

Piper and his friend John Betjeman produced this work as part of the attempt to stop the redevelopment of the Georgian Brighton Seafront.

The views comprise, in this order:

- 'The First Avenue Hotel, Hove'
- 'The Royal Pavilion'
- 'Regency Square from the West Pier'
- 'Brighton from the Station Yard'
- 'Brunswick Terrace'
- 'Bedford Square'
- 'Mixed Styles: Regency - Victorian - Modern'
- 'Kemp Town'
- 'Regency Square'
- 'The Chapel Of St George Kemp Town'
- 'St Bartholomew's Church'
- 'The Metropole Hotel from the West Pier'

'Looking with admiration, not unmingled with emotion, at these charming aquatints of Mr Piper's, it is surprisingly borne in on me that there is still a good deal left of the old Brighton which I knew in my youth.' (From the Introduction).

Some fading to the upper marbled boards and minor spotting to endpapers.
[28 unnumbered leaves]. Oblong folio. (257 x 396 mm). Half-title with justification and John Piper's signature verso, title page followed by Lord Alfred Douglas's Introduction and 24 leaves with 12 hand-coloured aquatint views, each with title leaf and a short descriptive text printed verso on blue paper stock; tissue guard leaves. Original publisher's green buckram-backed marbled boards, printed label to upper board; spine titled in gilt.

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