John Piper Flimston Beach Pembrokeshire
John Piper C.H. (BRITISH, 1903-1992)
Flimston Beach, Pembrokeshire
Watercolour, gouache and ink on paper; executed c. 1961/62.
21×27 cm (8 x 10.5″)
Signed lower right
Provenance Christies Lot 325 10 October 2012 as Abstract with ochre and Lavender and subsequently identified as Flimston Beach in Pembrokeshire.
£5,850 including a hand-finished gold-leafed frame.
Piper’s show at Marlborough Gallery in London in 1963 included several finished works entitled Flimston, being a selection of works in this style, related works in collage and also fully worked oils. The similarities between this work and the photograph of Flimston beach are clearly apparent, with the bay and stack and cliffs being identifiable in the photograph below. Piper loved the British countryside and spent much time and effort recording the Pembrokeshire beaches in the early 1960s.
Flimston Beach (image 2009 from summitpost.org)
We are grateful to Rev’d Dr Stephen Laird for his assistance in cataloguing this work.