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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 66

    John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)

    Hill Town, Isle of Wight

    Price Realised  


    John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)
    Hill Town, Isle of Wight
    signed 'John Piper' (lower right)
    ink, crayon, watercolour and bodycolour
    21 x 28 in. (53.3 x 71.2 cm.)
    Executed circa 1951.

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    John Piper retrospectively signed the present lot on 10 February 1989 at Fawley Bottom Farmhouse. It was suggested then that the location of the work is Epsom. However, the ornate, lace-like style with which he has depicted the gables of the houses is more typical of his paintings of the Isle of Wight. The tower on the left is similar to one in West Cowes, and the palette echoes other works from his Isle of Wight series, such as Ventnor, Isle of Wight, sold in these rooms on 16 November 2007, lot 87 (for £26,900).

    We are very grateful to the Revd Dr Stephen Laird for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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    Acquired by the present owner circa mid-1950s.

    Pre-Lot Text