- Place where the work was made
- Media category
- Materials used
- ink and wash on ivory laid paper on hardboard
- 47.5 x 30.5 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pen and ink "...'49/ Donald Friend.".
- Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2013
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend/Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
In October 1948 Donald Friend and painter Peter Kaiser (a fellow resident of the artistic Woollahra boarding house Merioola, where Friend had lived since January 1946) booked a passage to Italy, departing Sydney on the Toscana on 25 March 1949, and arriving in Portofino on 11 May.
In June they moved to Florence and found a studio at Via Jacopo di Diacceto 6, belonging to a young African American artist from Michigan, Aberdeen Goodwin. Friend stayed here, until moving to London in October. The subject of this drawing is the vertigo-inducing spiral staircase found at the studio.
Friend remained friends with Aberdeen, returning to Florence for a second time in 1952; he again stayed with Aberdeen, this time in another room, the old studio having been let.
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Donald Friend (1975), Holdsworth Galleries, Australia, 18 Mar 1975–26 Apr 1975
Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 09 Feb 1990–25 Mar 1990
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 14 Apr 1990–06 Jun 1990
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 26 Jun 1990–19 Aug 1990
Deutscher and Hackett: works from the Donald Friend collection including Bali and Southeast Asia, Deutscher and Hackett, Sydney, Paddington, 27 Oct 2013 -
Referenced in 1 publication
Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 64. cat.no. 42
Other works by Donald Friend
See all 57 works