© The Piper Estate.
Dunnottar Castle sits in a dramatic location on the Kincardineshire coastline just south of Stonehaven. There has been a fortress on this site since the 12th century and it was the setting for many important historical events – Cromwell’s men laid siege in 1651-2. John Piper has given this ancient place a modern treatment. He painted this view of Dunnottar in the 1980s and although he has used watercolours, he has used strong colours to dramatic effect. The swirling brush-strokes suggest the movement of wind and sea.