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JOHN PIPER CH (1903-1992)

Description / Expertise: The subject is the village of Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire; the parish church of St Caradoc, with its ‘elegant square embattled tower’, can be seen to the left of centre. Piper was a frequent visitor to Wales, before, during and after the war; he and his wife Myfanwy had a traditional Welsh cottage near Fishguard. In the late 1950s (when this painting was executed) Piper was designing stained glass windows for Coventry Cathedral and Oundle College, a technique which may be reflected in the enclosed ‘compartments’ and strong verticals of this composition. In 2014 a major collection of Piper’s Welsh pictures was acquired by the National Museum of Wales.
Medium / Signed: Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
Signed ‘John Piper’, and inscribed ‘Lawrenny 1.1.59’
21.50inch wide   13.50inch high (54.61 cm wide  34.29 cm high)
Provenance Piccadilly Gallery, 16a Cork Street, London;
Col. F. Towill, 27 May 1960; by descent to the present owner

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