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

Study for Salisbury Plain under plough

Details
John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)
Study for Salisbury Plain under plough
signed 'John Piper' (lower right) and inscribed 'Study for 'Salisbury Plain under plough'' (on the reverse)
ink, watercolour, gouache and coloured crayon
16 x 21 5/8 in. (40.5 x 55 cm.)
Executed in 1942.
Provenance
with Leicester Galleries, London, 1955.
Peter Meyer, his sale; Christie's, London, 6 June 2008, lot 50, where purchased by the present owner.
Exhibited
Norwich, Castle Museum, The Modern Movement in British Watercolour Painting, December 1957 - February 1958, no. 70.
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Lot Essay

Richard Ingrams records that Piper's interest in Wiltshire, 'went back to his boyhood when he had joined the Wiltshire Archaeological Society and experienced for the first time the strange atmosphere of the downland, at once wild and homely, and the pull of the prehistoric sites which had been felt by so many painters and early antiquaries like John Aubrey - the 'tree-crowned barrows', the sarsen stones, and Silbury Hill - 'dark and wonderfully shaped, like an inverted hand-turned wooden bowl'. Driving from Marlborough to Calne with Jim Richards in 1940 he noted 'that apart from a shack or so and the distant RAF depot, nothing has spoilt this area. It is still possible to see it as Gilpin saw it in 1798' (see R. Ingram, Piper's Places, London, 1983, p. 123).

We are very grateful to Rev. Dr Stephen Laird FSA for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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