[Mousehole Cornwall 1]

Harbour at low tide. Foreground left group of three beached row boats. Foreground right, one row boat, also beached. Midground derrick with crossbeam, houses on cliff to left.

Other title(s)
5 Boats and Derrick
c. 1950 1954
Object type
Medium and materials
oil on canvas
Place Made
Cornwall, England

LL black brush point Flora Scales

Verso (not in artist's hand) Mousehole, Cornwall

General notes

Original owner Mrs. Patience Tennent, the artist’s niece. Titled according to information given to Tennent by the artist.

Alternative title, 5 Boats and Derrick, taken from the exhibition Flora Scales at The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, 2018.

In conversation with B. de Lange, 1983, Scales spoke of living in “a horrible yellow house in Mousehole.” The yellow house seen in this painting, Untitled [Mousehole, Cornwall 2] [BC029] and Untitled [Mousehole, Cornwall 3] [BC030] could possibly be the one to which she was referring.

As in Untitled [Mousehole Cornwall 2] [BC029] and Untitled [Mousehole Cornwall 3] [BC030], the derrick is the focal point which links this painting with similar shapes of ship masts [Shipping, Wellington Harbour [BC128]] and agaves [Untitled [Mediterranean Scene] 1 [BC016] of Scales’s earlier work, and to the divided tree trunks of her 1970s paintings [Bry-sur-Marne, Orchard [BC069], Orchard With Plum Tree [2] [BC072]].

Used as illustration

Flora Scales, The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, 2018, pg 14 (colour)