The Day's Work


One dark and one light horse drawing a cart. Man with hat seated on cart to left. Horses and driver face viewer on diagonal showing right flank. Trees at left margin cast shadows lower left. Background features low hills and possibly cows in the fields.

c. 1917
Object type
Medium and materials
oil on board
Place Made
New Zealand
Copyright Licence
Courtesy Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, New Zealand, Canterbury Society of Arts Catalogue 1918, Christchurch, pg. 13 (https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/media/uploads/2010_08/CSA_Catalogue_1918.pdf)
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General notes

This is a reproduction of Scales’ painting in the Canterbury Society of Arts Annual Exhibition Catalogue 1918, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1918 [see Related Images]. This is the only image recorded of this work, it's location is unknown.

Exact date unknown, dated according to the first exhibition of the work at the Auckland Society of Arts Annual Exhibition, New Zealand, June 1917. It was catalogued as follows: The Day’s Work, oil, no. 17, £18.18.0.

There were two oil paintings titled The Day’s Work [The Day’s Work [1] [BC129] and The Day’s Work [2] [BC140]] which were exhibited together at the following three Art Society exhibitions:

Annual Exhibition, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1917, no. 232, £18.18.0
Otago Art Society Exhibition, 1917, no. 35,  £18.18.0
Canterbury Society of Arts Exhibition, 1918, no. 1, £18.18.0

The dimensions given with the illustration of the second painting, The Day's Work [1] [BC129], 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.

Used as illustration

Canterbury Society of Arts Catalogue 1918, Christchurch, pg. 13 (https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/media/uploads/2010_08/CSA_Catalogue_1918.pdf)


‘Art Society’s Exhibition’, Press, 13 March 1918

“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 [1] [BC129], The Day’s Work [2] [BC140], Untitled [Homewards] [BC004]], but No 28 [BC004] particularly, are distinctly good.”

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