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Cyril A Farey (1888-1954)

Piazza delle Erbe with the Campanile of the Palazzo del Comune, Verona, 1910

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Cyril Farey, Piazza delle Erbe Verona Italy Gallery Lingard

Pencil & pale blue wash
Signed:  Cyril A Farey
Inscribed au verso:  Verona
14 x 10 inches (35.5 x 25.5 cms)

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Farey had been awarded the Travelling Student Scholarship at the Architectural Association in 1909 and in February,1910 he set off with two friends on a tour of Italy.  He left London on 5 February, journeying through Turin, Genoa, Pisa and Siena before arriving in Rome on 26 February.  He moved to Umbria and Tuscany in March, then on to Bologna, Venice, Verona and Mantua in April, before travelling north to the Italian lakes and returning home via Paris and Versailles.

Farey kept a diary of his tour and his entry dated 10-12 April, 1910 notes "In [the] afternoon sketched the Piazza delle Erbe in pencil ... the Gothic tower in the Piazza delle Erbe is about the finest Campanile we have seen hitherto (10-12 April, 1910, Cyril Farey Diary, p.47-48)