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

Cottage across the Lake

Details
John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)
Cottage across the Lake
signed and dated 'John Piper '40' (lower right)
ink, watercolour and coloured crayon on paper
16 x 21 in. (40.6 x 53.7 cm.)
Executed in 1940.
Provenance
with Browse & Darby, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 20 June 1996, lot 110.
with Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, where purchased by the present owner in December 2004.
Exhibited
Manchester, Tib Lane Gallery, December 2004, catalogue not traced.
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Lot Essay


This remarkable mixed media work from 1940 was made in the same year as England’s cities were blazing from incendiary bombs and much of Piper’s most important work was of the smoking ruins of churches. Cottage across the Lake contains not only echoes of his earlier printed work (the Brighton aquatints especially), but also of his 1939 renditions of Hafod, which marked his coming to terms with the English Romantic watercolour tradition in a contemporary topographical way. The subject is probably a cottage (though looking a little like a Modernist dwelling) above a Welsh lake or reservoir, and the strong element of linearity to the design may derive from the use of monoprint, as it does in at least one Hafod work and the contemporaneous landscape Trawsallt, Cardiganshire (1939). Certainly this was a period of experimentation and change for Piper, as this palely poised but dramatic picture demonstrates.

A.L.

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