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Title

Fan design


Artist

Thea Proctor

Australia

02 Oct 1879 - 29 Jul 1966


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

London England


Date

circa 1908


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, chinese white, fan-shaped


Dimensions

20.5 x 32.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., "THEA PROCTOR". Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Florence Turner Blake 1959


Location

Not on display


Accession number

WA6.1959


Artist information

Thea Proctor

Works in the collection

56


Place

Where the work was made
London

Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Anne Gray, The Edwardians: secrets and desires, Canberra, 2004, 210 (colour illus.). cat.no. 103

Anne Gray, Painted women - Australian artists in Europe at the turn of the century, 'An overwhelming love of beauty - Thea Proctor's women', pg. 30-33, Western Australia, 1998, 45-46. cat.no. 53

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 29 (colour illus.), 115. cat.no. 15

Hal Missingham (Director), Purchases and acquisitions for 1959, Sydney, 1959, 18.