Cerne Abbas signed 'John Piper' (lower left) mixed media on paper 35 x 52.5 cm. (13 3/4 x 20 3/4 in.)
Cerne Abbas is a small village located approximately seven miles from Dorchester in Dorset. The village is famous for the ancient figure known as the 'Cerne Abbas Giant' or 'Rude Giant' that adorns the chalk hillside above and overshadows the village.
Cerne Abbas prospered as a village owing to the extremely clean water supply filtered by the chalk in the surrounding hills that proved ideal for brewing beers. The ale became extremely well regarded in the south of England and at one point the modest village boasted 15 pubs. The present work depicts The Royal Oak pub, which was built in 1540 and is still in operation today.