This church tower is at an isolated village in Pembrokeshire. Piper was adept at reproducing the texture of the old stones of churches, here the result of a widespread attack of various coloured lichens.
This screenprint is one of many given to Tate in 1976 by Chris Prater, the printer who made them with his wife, Rose. Their prints reproduced gouaches drawn by Piper, which he had made in part for this purpose and with the screenprinting process in mind. In this way he popularised his work, and found a new market for his art.
Gallery label, July 2008