Clive Duncan

Head of woman
(Room 1)
Young girl at the ballet barre
(Room 5)

30. Myfanwy Piper, Portrait from life wax original, cast in bronze, NFS

31. Catharine at the ballet barre, Plaster cast, life sized study, NFS

Clive Duncan has been our President since 2016.

The portrait of Myfanwy Piper was made in John Piper's studio a few years after his death. In 1974 he was commissioned to design two tapestries – one illustrating 'Reading Town' and the other 'Reading Countryside' for Reading's new Civic Offices. His wife Myfanwy too had a great love of architecture and on one occasion in conversation she praised the architectural heritage of Reading. She spoke about Gun Street and the variety of building styles. I think the uniqueness of a town with two rivers was very special to her. The bronze and tapestries are in the Reading Museum art collection.

The study is of my daughter Catharine, who was born in Reading at the RBH and whose youngest son is now a pupil at Leighton Park School. From a young age Catharine concentrated on the performing arts for ballet, modern dance and drama. While at the London Studio Centre she danced with the Guildhall School of Music and London City Ballet Company. Singing became just as important, performing in touring and West End musicals 'Some Like It Hot' with Tommy Steele, 'Pickwick' with Harry Secombe, and played Isobel in 'Scrooge' with Anthony Newley. She appeared in the film 'Shirley Valentine' as the young Marjorie Majors.


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