Piper, John: Llaethdy St David’s – SOLD


An original vibrant mixed media painting in an abstract style with beautiful strong colours and playful mark making, a detailed interpretation is presented below. The painting is in excellent condition, the original high quality gilt framed has been retained, the painting has been professionally cleaned, imaginatively remounted and provided with conservation-quality glass.

John Piper provided the location and date in his hand on the lower left hand side of the painting. It has been authenticated by his wife Myfanwy Piper, a handwritten note on the rear on a photocopy of the painting states ‘I certify that this drawing is reproduced from my husband’s arsenal. Myfanwy Piper 8.6.95’.

I am grateful to Hugh-Fowler Wright for the following interpretation of the painting, Hugh is the author, with David Fraser Jenkins, of ‘The Art of John Piper’, 2016, and with Alan Powers, of ‘Piper in Print: John Piper’s Books, Periodicals, Ephemera and Textiles’, 2010.

‘From the summer of 1961, John Piper began regularly visiting and depicting the area around Pembrokeshire facilitated by buying two cottages and fourteen acres of land on the southern slopes of Garn Fawr north of St David’s. This scene is of the countryside north west of St David’s near Whitesands Bay. Piper looks north towards the tiny settlement of Llaethdy on the lower slopes of Carn Llidi. Loose sketch marks are scattered on the paper surface depicting patches of vegetation in the surrounding landscape and a curving lane in the lower foreground serves to frame the typical stone wall found in coastal Pembrokeshire lining the roads and fields.’

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992).

Title and date: Llaethdy St David’s, 28/5/69

Size: 19.5 x 27.0 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.