House and Plum Trees

Landscape. Central brown vertical branches into V shape against blue, white, green and brown brush strokes to left. Brown disc-like shapes above central left branch and above central vertical. Pale area below right branch. Lower left margin, diagonal tilts towards left margin. Series of darker brown green horizontal shapes related to the left diagonal. Centre top margin, cadmium yellow horizontal brush strokes.

1968 1974
Object type
Medium and materials
oil on canvas
Place Made
Bry-sur-Marne, France

LR brown brush point F Scales, 197 (date partially illegible)

Verso yellow gallery label Ron O’Reilly (owner address) Helen F V Scales, House and Plum Trees, 1968,

Verso pencil on stretcher (not in artist's hand) Helen Flora Scales, House and Plum Trees, 1972 scratched out, oil c1968, purchased Dec 1974 273mm x 352mm

Verso biro (not in artist's hand) Full size 273mm x 352mm


Purchased by Ron O’Reilly [Librarian, Canterbury Public Library, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1951 -1968] from the artist, 1974

Private sale, Auckland, c1980

General notes

Title supplied by the artist to original owner, 1974. Date on the painting partially illegible. The mark after 19 is approximately >, which is more readily interpreted as a seven than a six, and the fourth mark appears as merely a drop of paint.

By July 1972, Scales had arrived in New Zealand and was living at 159 York Place, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Central ‘V’ shape recalls masts and derricks of earlier work such as Shipping, Wellington Harbour [BC128] and Untitled [Mousehole Cornwall] [BC030].