John Piper

(18) The Salute I

  • Signed (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 48 x 60 ins

On Loan

Provenance:
Purchased at the 1960 exhibition by the family of the present owner, thence by descent

Exhibited:
London, Arthur Jeffress Gallery, Paintings and Watercolours of Venice by John Piper, 31 May - 24 June, 1960, cat. no. 1

Venice first caught Piper's artistic eye when he visited the city on a family holiday in May 1923. On this trip Piper was inspired by viewing a statue inside Santa Maria della Salute to write a poem, The Saint, which he published in a privately printed collection of his poems later that year.

This façade became one of Piper's five designs for Arthur Sanderson & Co's Centenary celebrations in 1960. Piper also made the same view into a large canvas surround for the substantial fireplace in the entrance to his patron Sir Osbert Sitwell's Renishaw Hall.