[Four Cows in Enclosure]

Four cows standing in a three barred fenced enclosure under the shade of a large tree. Group of three cows at left, one dark brown, one mid brown and one white, with farm building behind. One brown cow under tree on the right.

c. 1917 1924
Object type
Medium and materials
oil on canvas
Place Made
New Zealand

LR Flora Scales

General notes

Dated in reference to Untitled [Homewards] [BC004] and appears to be from a similar stylistic period.

Correspondence from original owner, Mrs Hollis, to B. de Lange, 20.04.1983, explains that her father-in-law, A.H. Hollis, was an auctioneer at Bethunes [Messrs J. H. Bethune & Co.], Wellington and he acquired this painting when it came in for auction. This was possibly the auction advertised in the Evening Post, 12 February 1924, pg 3, advertisements column 4, titled 'Paintings and Etchings’ and describes:

“Important Auction Sale - Messrs J. H. Bethune & Co. will offer a unique collection of paintings and original etchings for sale by auction. This collection comprises examples of the best work by New Zealand and English artists of established reputation...the New Zealand painters include...Flora Scales.”

Mrs Hollis goes on to say that A.H. Hollis might have bought it because he knew George H. Scales, Flora Scales's father, but more likely because someone told him it could be of value as an investment.

Images taken from 6x4 reproduction originally taken by B. de Lange, 1980s. These are the only images recorded of this work, its location is unknown.