I have been thinking more about meeting Hugh Honour in the summer of 1975. I travelled to Lucca from Siena where I was staying in the Monastery of Pontignano. He had lived in Asolo in the late 1950s before moving to Lucca and at the time was working on a life of Canova which he never completed. He used to visit England every year, staying in the Traveller’s Club and getting his hair cut in Trumper’s. He talked about Mario Praz, who he and his partner John Fleming would have known as the great English scholar in Rome, author of The Romantic Agony and The House of Life. He said that Praz had the evil eye and could cause a light bulb to break if he wished. I only met him later in the bookstacks of the Warburg Institute, but retain my admiration for the quality of his writing as an independent scholar.