John Piper
Three Suffolk Towers 1958

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John Piper 1903–1992
Three Suffolk Towers
Date 1958
Medium Ink, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support 1: 702 x 375 mm; support 2: 698 x 413 mm;
support 3: 800 x 400 mm;
frame: 830 x 1304 x 75 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1962
Not on display

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The three churches, all built with flint, are at Laxfield, Walberswick and Stoke-by-Nayland. Piper drew them while staying nearby at Aldeburgh, rehearsing a Monteverdi opera he had designed for the Aldeburgh Festival.

Piper had worked with John Betjeman since before the war on the Shell County Guides, encouraging interest in the architecture of parish churches, which they discovered and described. These drawings were framed together by Piper, who often combined such buildings, sometimes in the same print or design. They were used, along with a fourth drawing of Eye church tower, as an endpaper for the Shell Guide to Suffolk 1960.

July 2008

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