Autumn at Stourhead

© the Piper Estate / DACS 2024. Image credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A multi-tonal but predominantly grey landscape at Stourhead, looking across an open garden towards a small neo-classical temple. The view is framed by bare trees on either side. The foreground is in darkness and a white church steeple is on the left. Textured marks contribute to the overall effect of the picture, which is especially evident in the bravura style featured in the middle background. Various techniques are used which are reminiscent of modernist practice such as creating flat planes of colour, as well as including elements resembling collage.

Manchester Art Gallery



Autumn at Stourhead




oil on board


H 63.3 x W 76.2 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the Contemporary Art Society, 1948

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Inscription description

Signed: bl : John Piper & : verso : Autumn at Stourhead / John Piper / 1939


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