John Piper
The Dairy, Fawley Court 1940

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John Piper 1903–1992
The Dairy, Fawley Court
Date 1940
Medium Watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 527 x 400 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1940
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Piper lived near this Romanesque building in Oxfordshire. In 1940 he was beginning to make works of art out of his interest in British architecture. This is one of many drawings in which he imitated the monochrome but very clear studies by John Sell Cotman, who had drawn churches in Norfolk early in the nineteenth century.

It is disappointing that it was such a modest painting as this that was the first of Piper’s works to be acquired by the Tate Gallery.

July 2008

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