Piper, John: Dryslwyn Castle


The simple lithographs from the early 1950s demonstrate John Piper’s skill as a printmaker, just look at the detail in the foreground foliage. This limited edition lithograph is signed, numbered 64 of 75 and is newly framed.

Built in the 1220s by one of the princes of the kingdom of Deheubarth, this Welsh castle is situated on a rocky hill roughly halfway between Llandeilo and Carmarthen. It stands on high ground overlooking the Tywi Valley with extensive views. It changed hands several times in the struggles between the Welsh and English over the ensuing centuries. Considered one of the most important remaining structures built by a Welsh chieftain, the castle is a Grade I listed building.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992), signed and marked in pencil in the margin

Title and date: Dryslwyn Castle, 1953, (Levinson 82)

Size: 37.0 x 53.0 cms, framed.


Artist description:

Born in Epsom, John Egerton Christmas Piper studied at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1926-8. In the mid 1930s, after a visit to Paris, he turned to abstraction. He became a member of the London Group in 1933 and the ‘Seven and Five’ group in 1934-5. During this period he became friends with Oliver Simon of the Curwen Press and his interest in lithography and print making grew. During the Second World War, Piper was appointed as an official war artist recording the effects of the blitz on Britain’s buildings. After the war, he became a Trustee of the Tate and National Galleries and in 1959 he became a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission. Piper is best known for his extensive studies of British architecture and landscape in oil, watercolour and print, and for his photography, stained glass, ceramics, fabric design, murals, stage sets and costume design. His work is held in many Museums and Galleries.