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The rose

(circa 1928)


Thea Proctor


02 Oct 1879 - 29 Jul 1966


Proctor's image of fashionable, independent women and their shared pleasure in the fragrance and beauty of flowers, epitomises the artist's championing of the feminine. Its modern approach through a simplified, close-up view, in bright, unmodulated colour also reflects the artist's enthusiasm for Japanese prints. Based on a coloured pencil drawing, originally created as a cover for 'The Home' magazine, the artist's cousin Hera Roberts is seen on the right.


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The Rose Thea Proctor Lens Cloth

14.5cm wide x 14.5cm high


The Rose Thea Proctor Magnet

6.5cm wide x 6.5cm high


The Rose Thea Proctor Print

37.0cm wide x 40.0cm high




(circa 1928)

Media category


Materials used

woodcut, printed in black ink, hand-coloured on thin ivory laid tissue


22.1 x 20.8 cm blockmark (irreg.); 41.1 x 26.6 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Thea Proctor".
Signed within block to print u.r. corner, incised "TP [monogram]".


Purchased 1975


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Thea Proctor

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 21 publications


Jude Adams, Barbara Hall and Jennifer Barber, Project 21: Women's images of women, Sydney, 1977. 36; Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, 'Exemplars: Margaret Preston and Thea Proctor', pg. 164-173, Canberra, 2007, 167 (colour illus.), 169. Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Roger Arthur Butler and Chris Deutscher, A survey of Australian relief prints 1900/1950, Armadale, 1978, 28 (illus.). 41; Collection of impression not identified, possibly the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Helen Campbell, Look, 'Colour, rhythm and design: Wood and lino cuts from a time of great creative vitality', pg. 13-15, Sydney, Feb 2010, 13 (colour illus.), 14.

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, cover (colour illus.), 3 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 115-122, Sydney, 1984, 120 (colour illus.).

Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne (Compilator), Deutscher and Hackett fine art auction: Melbourne 28 November 2012, Catalogue entry for Lot 46 Thea Proctor 'The rose', pg. 99, Melbourne, 2012, 99 (colour illus.). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Nicholas Draffin, Australian woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s, South Melbourne, 1976, 12, 39 (colour illus.). Collection of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995, 3 (illus.), 25. Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Janda Gooding, Thea Proctor, 'Introduction', pg. 2-6, Perth, 1982, 2, 12 (colour illus.). 6; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Robert Holden, Cover Up: The art of magazine covers in Australia, 'Myth Australia: the new-look woman', pg. 100-117, Sydney, 1995, 91, 103, 105 (colour illus.), 106.

Jane Hylton, Modern Australian women: paintings & prints 1925-1945, Adelaide, 2000, 35 (colour illus.), 74, 125. Collection of Art Gallery of South Australia

Susan McCulloch, Alan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs, The new McCulloch's encyclopedia of Australian art, Carlton, 2006, 798 (colour illus.).

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 37 (colour illus.).

Peter McNeil, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Thea Proctor: towards a stylish Australia', pg. 98-103, Sydney, 2013, 99 (colour illus.), 315.

Jan Minchin, The prints: Thea Proctor, 'Thea Proctor: a biography', pg. 6-13, Sydney, 1980, 19 (illus.), 20, 60, 61 (colour illus.). 19; Illustration on page 19 is the Cover for July 1927 'The Home'; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Women artists and the decorative arts 1880-1935: the gender of ornament, 'Owning femininity: Thea Proctor and the Australian Avant-garde', pg. 73-95, Aldershot, 2002, 78.

Andrew Sayers, The world of Thea Proctor, 'Thea Proctor: artist and tastemaker', pg. 4-15, Canberra, 2005, 11, 44, 50, 122 (colour illus.). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Helen Topliss, Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, 'Decoration and the art of the print', pg. 141-171, Sydney, 1996, 158, 159 (colour illus.), 161. illustration 94; Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 26], Sydney, Dec 1928, 29 (illus.). Advertisement

Anna Waldmann, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression. Collection S.H. Ervin Gallery.