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An image of Fan design by Thea Proctor

Thea Proctor

(Australia 02 Oct 1879 – 29 Jul 1966)

Fan design
Place of origin
circa 1908
Media category
Materials used
pencil, watercolour, chinese white, fan-shaped

20.5 x 32.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., "THEA PROCTOR". Not dated.
Bequest of Florence Turner Blake 1959
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (4)

Anne Gray, The Edwardians: secrets and desires, Canberra, 2004, 210 (colour illus.). 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. 53

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 29 (colour illus.), 115. 15

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

Exhibition history (5)

150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 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:

Painted Women - Australian artists in Europe at the turn of the century, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth, 24 Jul 1998–13 Sep 1998

The Edwardians: Secrets and Desire: