John Piper

(17) Ironbridge

  • Signed (lower right) Executed in 1957
  • Mixed media
  • 23 x 31 ins


Arthur Jeffres Gallery, circa 1957
Godfrey Winn Esq.
Private Collection

Anthony West, John Piper, Secker & Warburg, London, 1979, no. 150, p. 155 (illustrated)

In 1951 Piper collaborated with John Betjeman to write the Shell Guide to Shropshire. Piper revisited Ironbridge in Shropshire and in 1957 produced two known works on paper depicting the town, this work and another, also titled Ironbridge, which resides in the collection of The Higgins, Bedford. The work in The Higgins depicts the town from a vantage point on a bank across the river, looking north, with the church of St. Luke's clearly visible, centre left. This version appears to be from another vantage point, a few hundred yards to the right, again looking north up to the steep hillside town, with the signature appearing to be floating in the gorge at the bottom. The distinctive blue brick building, just left of the centre, is the former police station.
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