Artist Spotlight: John Piper
13th June – Sunday 12th July
John Piper is the first in a new
series of mini-exhibitions at The Higgins Bedford which cast a
spotlight on artists in the Cecil Higgins Collection. Piper was one
of the most important and diverse artists of the 20th
century, famous for his paintings of churches, stately homes and
The gallery is lucky enough to have five
fantastic pictures by Piper covering a period of forty years of his
extraordinary career. Two of these works are new additions, kindly
gifted to the gallery within in the last year. What makes these two
prints stand out is the stunning depictions of buildings in
Bedfordshire. Piper had a lifelong interest in architecture
and it is fascinating to see his unique take on two of
Bedfordshire’s most historic buildings.
Milton Ernest Hall made in 1977
depicts the only country house designed by the great Victorian
architect William Butterfield. Now a nursing home, when Piper
visited it was a country house hotel. The second print is of
Willington Dovecote. The Dovecote along with its companion stables
is the only building in Bedfordshire owned by the National Trust.
It was built in the 1530’s by Sir John Gostwick using stone taken
from local priories after the dissolution of the monasteries.
This will be the first time these works have
been on display, and the first time all of the gallery’s Pipers
have been on display.
Image Credit: Milton Ernest Hall, 1977
© John Piper Estate, all rights reserved, DACS 2015. Image courtesy
of the Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery