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An image of Woman in white by Thea Proctor

Thea Proctor

(Australia 02 Oct 1879 – 29 Jul 1966)

Woman in white
(circa 1942)
Media category
Materials used
watercolour, pencil on ivory laid paper

45.7 x 31.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil and watercolour "Thea Proctor". Not dated.
Gift of Thea Waddell 2005
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

From her mid-career onwards Thea Proctor made numerous portrait and figure drawings of friends, lodgers and as commissions, necessary to earn her living. Drawing had always been the most regular and consistent activity of her artistic practice, influenced in part by the importance it held for her great friend and fellow artist George Lambert.

This watercolour 'Woman in white' shows the interior of the small ground floor apartment in Double Bay, where Proctor had moved from her George Street Studio, to live with her mother around 1935. The lower part of Lambert's evocative portrait of Proctor (also in the Gallery's collection) can be seen at the upper left of the painting.

Bibliography (1)

Andrew Sayers, Sarah Engledow and Barry Humphries, The world of Thea Proctor, Canberra, 2005, 164 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

The world of Thea Proctor (2005), National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 08 Apr 2005–31 Jul 2005