[Mousehole Cornwall 3]

Entrance to harbour with high or incoming tide. Dark shape of boat below sea wall left. Cropped side of house on cliff left. Derrick masts with guy wires. Indistinct land mass mid to upper centre.

1950 1951
Object type
Medium and materials
oil on brown linen
Place Made
Cornwall, England

LL brush point overpainted Flora Scales 1951 (date partially illegible)

LR ochre brush point H Scales


Purchased by original owner in early 1976 while at the Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, exhibition, Helen F V Scales, 1975-1976

Condition Report

Metal eyelets inserted middle of top, bottom and sides of canvas stretcher (since framed, eyelets remain intact)

General notes

Title and date supplied by the artist for the Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, exhibition Helen F V Scales, 1975-1976. Listed as artwork no. 4 in this exhibition.

Purchased from this exhibition by present owner in 1976 who commented in conversation with B. de Lange, “the colour I find ravishing with its mother-of-pearl sheen – its translucency – like Bonnard's paintings of the 1930s and 1940s.”

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 1] [BC028] and Untitled [Mousehole, Cornwall 2] [BC029] could possibly be the one to which she was referring.

As in Untitled [Mousehole Cornwall 1] [BC028] and Untitled [Mousehole Cornwall 2] [BC029], 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]].

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