Tobacco Queue, Karangahape Road, Auckland

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Oil on board
410 x 520mm

Tobacco Queue, Karangahape Road, Auckland (or simply Tobacco Queue) is a characteristic Bessie Christie subject. She has observed a typical wartime activity, painting it with dashing informality in contrast to the rather tight, studied watercolour technique she used earlier in her career. Christie is a good example of a talented artist who managed to surmount the obstacles of a conventional art education and maintain a fresh approach to subject matter in the face of prevailing fashion. In recent years, her work, although rarely found, has become increasingly sought after because of its originality.

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Eric Lee-Johnson (ed.), Arts Year Book 6 (Te Whanganui-a-Tara: The Wingfield Press, 1950), 83.


Fletcher Trust Collection, purchased 1978

Collection of Charles Tole, likely a gift of the artist

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