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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

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

    New Church, Romney Marsh

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    John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)
    New Church, Romney Marsh
    signed 'John Piper' (lower right), inscribed 'Newchurch' (under the mount)
    black ink, watercolour, coloured crayons and gouache
    15½ x 20 in. (39.4 x 50.8 cm.)
    Executed in 1947.

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    'Piper's King Penguin book on Romney Marsh celebrated his return to work in the South Coast, after the restricted access during the war. It is also an example of how thorough was his topographical knowledge, both in historical detail and precise observation. The drawings exemplify the qualities he had picked out in the text of British Romantic Artists (1942): the commitment to the particular, and to 'a sense of drama in atmosphere'' (D.F. Jenkins, op. cit., p. 114).

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    Purchased by the present owner in 1955 for £65.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the additional literature reference for this picture:

    R. Ingrams and J. Piper, Piper's Places, London, 1983, p. 181. no. 94, illustrated on p. 116.


    J. Piper, Romney Marsh, Harmondsworth, 1950, p. 30, illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, John Piper, London, Tate Gallery, 1983, p. 114, no. 115.


    Norwich, Castle Museum, Modern Movement in British Watercolour Painting, December 1957 - February 1958, no. 71, as 'Newchurch'.
    Folkestone, Art Centre, John Piper: Retrospective Exhibition, October - November 1970, no. 55.
    Canterbury, Royal Museum, Kent County Council Biennial Exhibition, July 1981, no. 55.
    London, Tate Gallery, John Piper, November 1983 - January 1984, no. 115.