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Library inherits tax paintings
Hafod Gardens by John Piper
John Piper visited the Hafod estate in the 1930s
Two paintings by a leading artist have been given to the National Library of Wales as an alternative to paying tax.

The two pieces by John Piper were owned by a wealthy collector living in England.

But when she died, her estate decided to give the paintings to the government instead of paying inheritance tax.

Together the two paintings by Piper, who died in 1992, are believed to be worth tens of thousands of pounds.

Not only are these paintings fine examples of Piper's work, but they show how much Piper admired Wales and its landscape
Andrew Green, librarian

Hafod Gardens depicts the Hafod estate at Cwm Ystwyth, ten miles from Aberystwyth. and Llyn Llyncaws, a portrait of Llyncaws lake in the Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant area.

According to Andrew Green, librarian of the National Library of Wales, both paintings are valuable and important additions to the its extensive art collection.

Fine examples

"Not only are these paintings fine examples of Piper's work, but they show how much Piper admired Wales and its landscape," he said.

Piper's Welsh topographical views depict Hafod Gardens and the mountainous landscape of mid Wales.

The artist, born in 1902, spent some time in the area during the late 1930s.

The 1980 National Heritage Act and the 1984 Inheritance Tax Act empower the Inland Revenue to accept property instead of the payment of inheritance tax.

The government then decided that the library should house the paintings.

The paintings were officially presented to the library by Welsh Culture Minister Alun Pugh on Thursday.




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