Throughout his career John Piper was periodically drawn to the distinctive seaside and industrial landscapes of Portland Bill, a rocky mass which juts out from England's Dorset coast: this spartan and angular locality became a subject which he made his own. Many of the best paintings date from the early to mid 1950s. The present lot, with its sombre palette, is likely to have been one of the very first of that series as in style and appearance it is close to Piper’s typical works of the later 1940s.
We are very grateful to Rev. Dr Stephen Laird FSA for preparing this catalogue entry.