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

Park Place

John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)
Park Place
signed 'John Piper' (lower right), signed again, inscribed and dated 'PARK PLACE./oil (1944)/by John Piper/Fawley Bottom/Nr Henley-on-Thames/Oxon' (on the reverse)
oil on board
18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm.)
Mr C.S. Collinson, Dublin.
Purchased by the present owner's father in 1957.
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Lot Essay

Park Place is near the Thames in the parish of Remenham, Berkshire, near Henley-on-Thames. Piper lived in rural Oxfordshire near Henley and painted the area often, notably for the Shell Guide to Oxfordshire in 1938, which was edited by John Betjeman. In Park Place Piper depicts the boathouse and decorative bridge of the historic house with a fittingly moody wartime atmosphere. His visionary approach to landscape extends the 18th century Romantic tradition, championed by artists such as Joseph Mallord William Turner, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. This reference to a distinctly English landscape and artistic tradition was a fitting response to the instability that Britain was suffering under the attack of Nazi Germany.

There is a lithograph of the same title illustrated in English, Scottish and Welsh Landscape, a 1944 book containing twelve autolithographs by John Piper. This book formed part of New Excursions into English Poetry, a series also including The Poet's Eye, Sea Poems, Poems of Death, Soldier's Verse and Traveller's Verse. Each volume of verse was selected by a different editor and illustrated by a different artist, who created original lithographs. The verse for English, Scottish and Welsh Landscape was selected by John Betjeman and Geoffrey Taylor.

There is another oil painting of this scene called Park Place, Henley-on-Thames, 1941, in the collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums.

We are very grateful to Rev. Dr. Stephen Laird for his assistance in preparing the catalogue entries for lots 19, 20, 22, 23 and 24.

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