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In the Villa Piuma, Sestri Levante

Walter Tyndale (1855-1943)




14 x 10 inches

Walter Tyndale, An Artist in the Riviera, London: Hutchinson & Co, 1916, facing page 90

'Three Victorian Travellers', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, March-April 2024

'... in the beautiful grounds of the Villa Piuma. The house is situated on the peninsula, where the town ceases to climb its slopes. It commands a view of the busy strand with a sweep of the coast till it reaches the promontory of Portofino, Lavagna and Chiavari intervening. The gardens near the house are kept in good order; but as one reaches the higher levels, cypress-bordered walks, the ilex groves, and the noble clusters of pines have been allowed to grow as Nature pleases. The grounds extend round two-thirds of the peninsula, the path in places skirting the edge of the precipitous cliffs and circling the Campo Santo upon the highest point of the headland.
The Marchese Piuma kindly allows (when he is not in residence) the visitors to Sestri Levante to make use of his grounds, and as they are equidistant from the two hotels it is a great boon to those who spend part of the winter in either; to artists especially, whether they wish to make studies of the imposing cliffs, of distant views of sea and coast, or of a semi-wild and picturesque Italian garden.
An Artist in the Riviera, 1916, page 90

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