John Piper | Three Somerset Towers

JOHN PIPER
British, 1903–1992

Three Somerset Towers

Signed, titled and dated on the reverse Three Somerset Towers/ John Piper/ 1954 on the backboard; also inscribed with the names of the churches (viewed left to right) Ruishton, Ile Abbotts, Kingsbury Episcopi
Watercolor and gouache on paper
On three sheets, each showing 26¾ x 13¾ inches (68 x 35 cm)
Framed: 38½ x 60¾ inches (98 x 154 cm)
 
Executed in 1954, this is one of a series of arrangements of churches mounted together which Piper executed in the 1950s and 60s. His Three Suffolk Towers of 1962-63, which is of similar scale to the present work, is in the collection of the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. 

Provenance
Private Collection, England, by 1964
Browse & Darby, London

Exhibited
London, Marlborough Fine Art, John Piper: Retrospective Exhibition, 1964, no. 203

Literature
cf. Alan Bownes, ed., John Piper (exhibition catalogue), Tate Gallery, London, 1983, p. 132, for illustration of Three Suffolk Towers 

$60,000

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