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© Estate of John Piper. Purchased, 1975. Museums Sheffield
Blenheim Palace, North Front, Oxfordshire
Date Made/Found: about 1953
Artist: John Piper , British, 1903 - 1992
Material and Medium: Indian ink, collage and gouache on paper
Dimensions: Frame: 450 x 625mm Support: 275 x 394mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.4122
John Piper is well known for his deep-rooted love of English architecture and the countryside. In this drawing of Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, he emphasises the antiquity and oddness of the building. As Piper explained: ‘I would rather paint a ruined abbey half-covered with ivy and standing in long grass than I would paint it after it has been taken over by the office of works . . . And also I would rather paint a new house when it's twenty years old than when it's new.’
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