EVERYONE knows Chloe the famous ‘goil – in – oils’ at Young and Jackson’s Melbourne bar.
Now in Perth (a short priced city in any pulchritude contest) she’s got a rival. And I mean rival. She’s Zandra, a finely-executed nude by oil-painter Leon Hogan and for sheer nudism she makes Chloe look like an elderly spinster in a red flannel negligee.
Zandra will make her bow to the public in the saloon bar of Stan O’Brien’s Court Hotel on Monday.
Picture cost big money and represents a move in the O’Brien plan to bring the cash customers beauty with their beer. And another kick in the pants for the popular conception of a bar as a sort of chromium-plated drinking trough.
City connoisseurs have given the picture their okay but are already arguing whether its aesthetic home is a saloon bar or an art gallery.
– Perth Daily News August 7 1947
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