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Women with fans



Thea Proctor


02 Oct 1879 - 29 Jul 1966


This is thought to be a double portrait of printmakers Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme against a background of Rushcutters Bay in Sydney.




Media category


Materials used

woodcut, printed in black ink on thin ivory wove tissue


21.9 x 22.1 cm blockmark; 27.3 x 24.5 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed with monogram within block to print l.l., "TP". Not dated.
Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Thea Proctor".


Purchased 1975


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Thea Proctor

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 14 publications


Janine Burke, Australian women artists 1840-1940, Collingwood, 1980, 133 (illus.), 177. plate no. 59; Collection of National Gallery of Victoria

Roger Butler, Sydney by design: wood and linoblock prints by Sydney women artists between the wars, 'Sydney by Design: Wood and linoblock prints by Sydney women artists between the wars', pg. 3-11, Canberra, 1995, 15 (illus.), 48. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, 'Exemplars: Margaret Preston and Thea Proctor', pg. 164-173, Canberra, 2007, 168 (colour illus.), 169. Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 4 (colour illus.).

Joan Chambers and Sophia Watson, Art in the sun, 'Thea Proctor 1879-1966', pg. 20, Brookvale, 2000, 20 (illus.).

Sarah Engledow', The world of Thea Proctor, 'The world of Thea Proctor', pg. 16-84, Canberra, 2005, 7, 44, 126 (colour illus.). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression

Janda Gooding, Thea Proctor, 'Introduction', pg. 2-6, Perth, 1982, 17 (colour illus.). 10; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Josef Lebovic, Masterpieces of Australian printmaking, Sydney, 1987, 106, 107 (colour illus.). 144; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Jan Minchin, The prints: Thea Proctor, 'Thea Proctor: a biography', pg. 6-13, Sydney, 1980, 68, 69 (illus.). 23; titled 'Woman with Fans'; dated circa 1930; 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.

Helen Topliss, Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, Sydney, 1996, 153, 159-160, 163 (illus.). illustration 97

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 43], Sydney, Apr 1932, 9 (illus.).

Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. 79

Anna Waldmann, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated