|Jagged Rocks under Tryfan, 1949-50 courtesy of Cardiff Museum|
A favourite artist of mine, National Museum of Wales have a show of his mountain paintings of North Wales. Apparently 'Piper had been commissioned by the WAAC to paint the cavern inside Manod, where a good part of the National Gallery was being stored' in 1945. He wanted to paint Pistyll Cain waterfall, and also Cader Idris, on the way he came to the picturesque Rise of the Dovey which is featured in the Museum show, its lake surrounded on all sides by steep mountains.
In Frances Spalding's book she says of this painting, 'the sense of scale, the restrained drama of light and atmosphere, and the originality in the handling of colour all tell of his admiration for late Turner'.
Anyway he rents a cottage called Pentre, the rent was £35 a year. But later moves to another cottage up the valley a hafod of the farmer, the valley was over half a mile long, 'hemmed in by steep hills and through which winds a small river. Glacial rubbish lay strewn over the hillsides and created heaps of loose blocks in the valley, beneath which, in places could be heard the tinkling sound of water'..
Richard Wilson - Cader Idris
Ref; Frances Spalding - John Piper, Myfanwy Piper.
Note; on meandering through the internet on the books John Piper was reading at the time, came across one online by Thomas Pennant - Tours in Wales someone in the 18th century who had the time and money to produce many books.
There was also listed a great favourite of mine Gilbert White's - The History of Selbourne, which I will read eventually