(Australia 02 Oct 1879–29 Jul 1966)
20.5 x 32.2cm sheet
Thea Proctor is best remembered as a taste-maker and the promoter of modernism through her teaching, exhibiting and involvement with art and design in Sydney from the early 1920s on.
Proctor lived in London from 1903 to 1921 and while there was encouraged to make fan paintings by Charles Conder. She showed fans at the 1907 Women's Work Exhibition, London and another in 1912 at the Venice International Exhibition. This subject of this design is typical of Proctor's work; a romantic, idyllic depiction of an ideal, leisured world. It also reveals the influence of George Lambert, a close friend and mentor, of Japonisme, and her interest in historical costume.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
Anne Gray (Australia, b.1947) (Author), The Edwardians: secrets and desires, Canberra, 2004, 210 (colour illus.). cat.no. 103
Anne Gray (Australia, b.1947) (Author), Helen Carroll (Author), Ann Galbally (Australia) (Author), Janda Gooding (Australia) (Author), Barbara Kane (Author), Ruth Zubans (Author), Painted women - Australian artists in Europe at the turn of the century, Western Australia, 1998, 45-46. cat.no. 53
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 29 (colour illus.), 115. cat.no. 15
Purchases and acquisitions for 1959 1959, 1959, 18.
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938.
Tribute to Thea Proctor (1963), Wales House Gallery, 17 Jul 1963–09 Aug 1963.
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 18 Nov 1995–14 Jan 1996.
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 1996–1996.
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 1996–1996.
Painted Women - Australian artists in Europe at the turn of the century, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, 24 Jul 1998–13 Sep 1998.
The Edwardians: Secrets and Desire, National Gallery of Australia, 12 Mar 2004–13 Jun 2004.
The Edwardians: Secrets and Desire, Art Gallery of South Australia, 09 Jul 2004–12 Sep 2004.