Landscape, garden scene. Large dog in three-quarter profile facing left amongst areas of pink, at left, and green.
LL blue brush point Scales 1962
LR ochre brush point H Scales
Verso pencil 1962 Bry-sur-Marne
Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by H. F. V. Scales, 1979
This is an unstretched canvas. Canvas has been trimmed to the edge of the image. Pinholes evident top corners and tears at bottom corners.
Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Title supplied by artist at time of donation, 1979. Alternative title, Alsation Bry-sur-Marne, supplied by Flora Scales to M. de Lange, 1983.
The dog is 'Tzigane', Boris Kalachnikoff's Alsatian, and the painting was made in their garden in Bry-sur-Marne, France.
Bry-sur-Marne is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France, 12.6 km from the city centre. In 1953, when Boris and Christiane Kalachnikoff built their house in Bry-sur-Marne, the population was approximately 6,660 and the town still retained its rural character.
LETTER FROM FLORA SCALES TO JANET PAUL, LIBRARIAN, ALEXANDER TURNBULL LIBRARY, NATIONAL LIBRARY OF NEW ZEALAND, WELLINGTON, 11 June 1979 [see Related images]
[Stamped: Alexander Turnbull Library
12 June 1979
Art: JH [possibly JET, J.E. Traue, Chief Librarian]]
11th June 1979
Dear Mrs Paul,
Please excuse me for not having written to you sooner but little things have hindered me from doing so: it is a grand plan to have my paintings photographed before they are filed! they have all come out well and clear, and the surface will be good wearing: the dog [Bry-sur-Marne [BC040]] has come out beautifully!
I hope you are keeping well during this cold frosty weather though temperatures by the sea are not so low as inland ones especially if there is no wind.
Thank you again for the delightful photos.
Yours very sincerely,
Helen F.V Scales.