[Brown Horse]

Brown horse, facing viewer, occupies full length of canvas. Foreshortened view of right flank.

Object type
Medium and materials
oil on canvas on board
Place Made
Presumed England

LL brown black pencil F Scales

LR brown black pencil 1908

Credit Line
Condition Report

Horizontal gouge in canvas across upper legs.

Current Collection

Private Collection

Current Location

New Zealand

General notes

Given the inscribed date this was probably painted while Scales was studying at the Calderon School of Animal Painting, London between 1908 and 1912.

Given as gift by Scales to family member, 1976.

The artist’s niece, Mrs Patience Tennent, describes watching as Scales scratched the inscriptions into the paint with a penknife and coloured them in with a brown-black eyebrow pencil in 1976.

Mandy Fenwick, equestrian, in correspondence with B. de Lange, 04.03.2020, "This appears to be a station bred hack with some warm blood. [It is] a bay horse with a white star on its face, a blaze on nose and four white socks around its hocks."

Flora Scales in conversation with M. de Lange, 1983, looking at photographs of Untitled [Brown Horse] [BC001] and Untitled [Draught Horse] [BC002], "I often think what a dunderhead I was. I never once put a tree or blue sky above the animal."

Used as illustration

Flora Scales, The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, 2018, pg 32 (colour)