“Miss Flora Scales has 3 pictures painted in the bold decided style which has been favourably commented upon on more than one occasion. She has turned to rural life for her inspiration and all 3 pictures are on similar lines, horse teams drawing heavy farm drays. The theme is simple but well treated, and all 3 works [The Day’s Work  [BC129], The Day’s Work  [BC140], Untitled [Homewards] [BC004]], but No 28 [BC004] particularly, are distinctly good.”
The Day’s Work
One white horse drawing a laden cart. Man in hat seated on load, head turned over right shoulder. Horse and driver face viewer on slight diagonal showing right flank. Background shows cows in fields, hills and trees.
LL brown brush point Flora Scales
Verso UL stamp International Art Centre
Verso Centre (not in artist's hand) Flora Scales The Days Work £5-5-0
Verso LR elliptical red sticker Art Dealer & Picture framer 55 Ghuznee Street Wellington New Zealand
Sold by auction at International Art Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, Modern, Contemporary & Collectable Art, 08.12.2011, Lot 128
Sold by auction at International Art Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, Important and Rare Art, 09.04.2019, Lot 61
Exact date unknown, dated according to the first exhibition of the work at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, Wellington, New Zealand, 1917.
Alternative title, A Day's Work, taken from the exhibition Flora Scales at The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, 2018.
There were two oil paintings titled The Day’s Work [The Day’s Work  [BC129] and The Day’s Work  [BC140]] which were exhibited together at the following three Art Society exhibitions:
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, 1917, No. 266, £5.5.0
Otago Art Society Exhibition, 1917, No. 64, £5.5.0
Canterbury Society of Arts Exhibition, 1918, No. 23, £5.5.0
The dimensions given with the illustration of the second painting, The Day's Work  [BC140], in the catalogue of the Canterbury Society of Arts Exhibition, 1918, are 24” x 18” indicating that the two canvases were approximately the same size.
‘Art Society’s Exhibition’, Press, 13 March 1918
Photos by Tim Cuff