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Thea Proctor


02 Oct 1879 - 29 Jul 1966


The bold, simplified lines of this work result from Proctor cutting the block in a direct way that acknowledges the demands of the technique. There is minimal or no shading of the forms, unlike 'The rose' which reflects its origin in a shaded pencil drawing. Encouraged by the example of Margaret Preston (who gave her the wood to work with) Proctor made her first woodcuts in 1925, later stating that they were made mainly for
children's nurseries.




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Materials used

woodcut, printed in black ink, hand-coloured on ivory laid paper


19.4 x 19.9 cm blockmark (irreg.); 26.5 x 25.4 cm sheet

Signature & date

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


Purchased 1975


Not on display

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Artist information

Thea Proctor

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 5 (colour illus.).

Janda Gooding, Thea Proctor, Perth, 1982, 8. NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression

Josef Lebovic, Masterpieces of Australian printmaking, Sydney, 1987, 104, 105. NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression

Tracey Lock-Weir., Dorrit Black: unseen forces, 'The modern medium: colour linocuts', Adelaide, 2014, 145 (colour illus.).

Jan Minchin, The prints: Thea Proctor, 'Thea Proctor: a biography', pg. 6-13, Sydney, 1980, 52, 53 (colour illus.). 15; dated 1925; 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, 80.

Andrew Sayers, Sarah Engledow and Barry Humphries, The world of Thea Proctor, Canberra, 2005, 124 (colour illus.). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression