Women with fans
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.
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".
Not on display
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Art Deco and works from the period (1980), S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 16 Jun 1980–14 Jul 1980
Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982
Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jan 1990–11 Mar 1990
Art Deco: from Sydney cinemas and pubs to skyscrapers, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 12 Jun 1999–05 Sep 1999
Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010
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.). cat.no. 10; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
Josef Lebovic, Masterpieces of Australian printmaking, Sydney, 1987, 106, 107 (colour illus.). cat.no. 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.). cat.no. 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. cat.no. 79
Anna Waldmann, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated