Piper, John: Harlech Castle – SOLD


One of John Piper’s most iconic images, its painterly qualities as a screenprint are so effective that it’s difficult to appreciate it’s not an original work. The print is signed, attractively framed and numbered 33 of only 70.

Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Harlech Castle in Gwynedd, Wales, is a Grade I-listed medieval fortification built on a rocky crag close to the Irish Sea. It was built by Edward I during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289 and over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars including the famous siege during the Wars of the Roses which inspired Wales’s alternative national anthem, the rousing ‘Men of Harlech’!

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Harlech Castle, 1989, (Levinson 414)

Size: 66.5 x 50.5 cms.

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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 1930a, 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.