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The studio stairs, Firenze



Donald Friend


06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Florence Tuscany Italy
    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

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    Donald Friend

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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