H. Senior (20th century)
Winter Ploughing (after Flora Scales)
198 x 234mm image
314 x 408mm paper
Inscription: pencil, LL Winter Ploughing, LR Flora Scales
Verso: circular stamp No 245
Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand, purchased 1931
Accession no. 1931/8/1
Exhibited, Loan Exhibition of Catalogues, 1927-1930, Auckland City Art Gallery, 06.08.1930 - 27.08.1930, no. 92, catalogue illustration pg 17 (colour)
Collection of prints representative of graphic art in New Zealand. This was one of three colour aquatints by H. Senior in this exhibition.
Landscape. Right of centre, two horses each with a white blaze on nose, on diagonal facing right followed by man wearing a flat white cap. Three clumps of bushy plants form background to horses. Horizon low, sky wide. Bushes and ploughed ground show touches of white.
LR inscribed into paint Flora Scales
Verso framer’s label From Inksters, Mawhera Quay, Greymouth
Purchased with Untitled [Landscape with Meandering River] [BC126] from a second-hand shop in Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand, February 2017. The frames on these 2 works are identical.
Alternative title, Winter Ploughing, used by H. Senior in his coloured aquatint after Flora Scales, c.1930, and The Kilroy Art Collection documentation. Dated in relation to Untitled [Stoke, Nelson] [BC013].
There are two known paintings of this subject, Untitled [Rural scene] [BC125] and Untitled [Stoke, Nelson] [BC013].
Note dot of red paint LR above signature on the boundary between the brown and the green bands.
Correspondence Thomas Kilroy to B. de Lange, 30.01.2019, “there are quite a fair few brush hairs embedded into the paint”.
Runs and dribbles evident may suggest some loosely applied underpainting.
Photos by Shaun Waugh