John Piper

Wall at Pentre

  • Signed (lower right) Executed 1946-7
  • Watercolour, gouache, pen and ink
  • 14.5 x 20 ins


The Fine Art Society, London, 23rd April 1981
Private Collection, UK

New York, Buchholz Gallery, John Piper, 3 - 21 February 1948, cat. no. 31

The cottage named Pentre, in the Nant Ffrancon valley area
in Snowdonia, was the first the Piper family rented in North
Wales. They rented the cottage for a year and although it
needed plastering and furnishing, they got it ready and
stayed there repeatedly until the autumn of 1946.

It was during this period that Piper became fascinated with
the rock formations and dramatic landscapes in the area,
recording them in considerable detail. In his notes he
described the particular colours of different areas of rock, as
seen in various weathers and times of day. Piper also
studied the stone walls that he found in the area, noting
their methods of construction and the types of stone used.
Many of the best of Piper's drawings and paintings of
Snowdonia were never seen in Britain, as he dispatched a
whole exhibition, including Wall at Pentre, to the Buchholz
Gallery in September 1947.

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