Story: City images

'Saturday night' (2nd of 3)

'Saturday night'

Russell Clark’s 'Saturday night' (1934) conveys the bustle and bright lights of a nocturnal city street – possibly Wellington’s Cuba Street. The image is sexually charged. The men staring up at the women in the window, as another man seemingly propositions a woman in the doorway, suggest the building is a brothel. That the area is a red-light district is further indicated by the sailors, policeman and bonneted Salvation Army missioner – whose aim was to save prostitutes from their sinful lives.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: 1991-0024-1
Watercolour by Russell Stuart Clark

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Ben Schrader, 'City images - The city in art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010