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.
Eric Lee-Johnson (ed.), Arts Year Book 6 (Te Whanganui-a-Tara: The Wingfield Press, 1950), 83.
Purchased in 1978. Formerly held in the collection of Charles Tole, to whom it was probably given by the artist.