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Artwork of 'unique vision of Wales' bought for £1m

The Rise of the Dovey by John Piper. A collection has been bought by the museum. Credit: National Museum Wales

A collection of works worth £974,000 by the artist John Piper has been bought for Wales’ national art collection.

The series of works by the the mid-20th century neo-romantic artist – was purchased with support form the Heritage Lottery Fund the Derek Williams Trust and the Art Fund.

Much of the collection, including nine further works given to Amgueddfa Cymru as a gift, will be on display at National Museum Cardiff from Saturday, 22 February 2014 as part of a new exhibition inspired by Wales’ Celtic past, folklore and landscape.

Piper’s works include views of Snowdonia. The mountains of North Wales provided a key source of inspiration to Piper from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s, during which time he rented two cottages in the area.

David Anderson, Director General, National Museum Wales said, "The success of the exhibition by John Piper in 2012 confirmed to us how popular the artist is to the people of Wales, and therefore how important it is to add to the representation of his work in the national collection."