John Piper

(43) Kirby Muxloe Castle

  • Signed (lower left) Executed circa 1981
  • Mixed media
  • 8 x 10 ins


Kirby Muxloe Castle is a picturesque fortified mansion west of Leicester, built for Lord Hastings, who was dramatically seized and executed by Richard III in 1483. Parts of the castle were inhabited for a period, before falling into ruin during the 17th century.
Piper strongly opposed the repair and tidying of ruined buildings. He thought that buildings were like people, with personalities and characters, and that like people, they should be allowed to both live and die. He preferred to see them collapse and return to nature, an aesthetic principle he described as 'pleasing decay'.
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