BC109

Untitled

[Memo pad]

Orange covered sketchbook branded Dataday Memo Pad, Tablet refill No 2., TJ & J Smith Ltd., 36 lined leaves, containing:

- Pencil drawings, four pages
- Pencil and ink drawings, two pages
- Drawings of boats, dancing man, shipboard life
- Shopping lists, two pages
- Various pages titled, signed and dated

Date
1977 1978
Object type
sketchbook
Medium and materials
pencil, ink on lined paper
Dimensions
93x62mm
Place Made
Europe (onboard SS Shota Rustaveli) and Auckland, New Zealand
Inscriptions

Front cover (in artist's hand) F Scales 172 (F reversed)

Inside back cover blue ballpoint pen (in artist's hand) H Scales 172, YWCA 172

Back cover blue ballpoint pen (in artist's hand) F Scales 172 (F reversed)

Details
Credit Line

Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by by Patience Tennent, March 2001

Copyright Licence
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Reference no. E-584
Current Collection

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

Current Location

Wellington, New Zealand

General notes

Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by Patience Tennent, March 2001. This sketchbook was loaned to B. de Lange, 1992, and subsequently returned to then owner, Mrs Patience Tennent.

Front and back cover inscriptions include numbers 172, which was the number of her cabin on the SS Shota Rustaveli which travelled Europe to New Zealand.

Other pages show variations on her signature, H Scales, H F Scales and both H F Scales and F Scales with the 'F' reversed. This reversed form of the 'F' is often seen in her early work up to the 1920s [Untitled [Man on Rocky Foreshore] [BC007], Overlooking the Bay [BC006], Eastern Extension Cable Company's Ship "Patrol" in Wellington Harbour [BC122]].

Four pages titled Colombo, two of these pages dated 1977, two dated 1 May 1977.

“YWCA, Queen Street, Auckland”, written on two pages, is possibly where she was intending to stay on landing in New Zealand.

When the SS Shota Rustaveli docked in Piraeus, Greece, Scales's niece, Diana Zaharopoulos (nee Westacott, later Mills), collected her and took her home to her flat in Athens for the night. Correspondence Diana Mills to B. de Lange, 02.11.1983: “Although Aunt Lass [Flora] seemed a little older, she still seemed the old Aunt Lass, upright and full of courage.”

This was to be the last journey Scales made between Europe and New Zealand.