A remarkable discovery made by Tovey in his social history of St Ives, when studying the ratepayers accounts for properties associated with the artists residing there, was the Ratebook entries for the Piazza Studios. From these, it was found that Nicholas F was a ratepayer for No 5 in 1914 and 1917, and for No 1 in 1925. Tovey goes on to explain (pp158-9) his interest in art and photography, following the opening by his father Carl Faberge of a London shop, for which his son was sent to assist in the running. He was drawn to St Ives in the years immediately before WWI. Photography became the galvanising force in his life.
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History