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The Temple Church, Bristol

© the Piper Estate / DACS 2022. Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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John Piper was commissioned by the War Artists' Advisory Committee to paint a series works depicting bomb-damaged churches and he selected Bristol. The city was heavily bombed during the Blitz. Its medieval heart (now Castle Park) was destroyed, several individually important buildings lost, and churches gutted. After the war, the Imperial War Museum distributed paintings to public collections throughout the country. Piper was a versatile artist who was also a printmaker and a stage designer for theatre and opera.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



The Temple Church, Bristol




oil on canvas laid on panel


H 30.5 x W 25.7 cm

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gift from the Imperial War Museum, 1947

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