(Australia 06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989)
The studio stairs, Firenze
- Not on display
- Further information
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.
- Place of origin
- 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
- Accession number
- © Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend. Licensed by Copyright Agency.