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Painting in Coloured Light: Discovering the modern stained glass designs of John Piper

January 1 @ 10:00 am - March 6 @ 4:00 pm

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Butterfly and moth collage on gouache and ink background: detail from the Farnborough cartoon for All Saints Church, West Berkshire, by John Piper. © The Piper Estate / DACS 2021


This exciting new display in the River & Rowing Museum’s nationally significant John Piper Gallery, shines a spotlight on Piper’s lifelong passion for stained glass, influenced by the medieval windows he encountered from childhood.

The centrepiece is Piper’s vibrant ‘cartoon’ or design for Farnborough Church, West Berkshire, which he created in memory of his close friend and collaborator Sir John Betjeman. Recently beautifully conserved, the cartoon’s rich colours have been brought back to life, enabling us to get a close-up view of Piper’s creative techniques.

Piper experimented with stained glass design later in life, creating more than 60 windows after the age of 50. From local parish churches to Coventry Cathedral, he pushed the boundaries of this longstanding art form and pioneered an exciting blend of ancient and modern techniques.

Book General Admission Tickets for access to the John Piper Gallery

Open Thurs to Monday, 10am to 4pm.


January 1 @ 10:00 am
March 6 @ 4:00 pm


River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames
Mill Meadows
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF United Kingdom
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