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The picnic

(circa 1925)


Thea Proctor


02 Oct 1879 - 29 Jul 1966



(circa 1925)

Media category


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, gouache on buff paper


40.6 x 56.4 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.l., pencil "Thea Proctor". Not dated.


Gift of Miss Emmie Russell 1985


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Thea Proctor

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 109-124, Sydney, 1988, 112 (colour illus.).

Sarah Engledow', The world of Thea Proctor, 'The world of Thea Proctor', pg. 16-84, Canberra, 2005, 43, 44, 113 (colour illus.), 176.

Jane Hylton, Modern Australian women: paintings & prints 1925-1945, 'Modern Australian women', pg. 15-27, Adelaide, 2000, 20 (colour illus.), 21, 125.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Everyday life: prints drawings and watercolours from the collections of Australian and European art, Sydney, 1994. 70

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 44 (colour illus.). 32

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, 79, 82, 83.

South Australian Society of Artists, Watercolours and Drawings by Thea Proctor, Adelaide, 1925. 22. Priced at 30 guineas.

Martin Terry, Arts National, 'The Australian landscape tradition in watercolour', pg. 22-27, Hamilton, Nov 1985-Dec 1985, 23, 24 (colour illus.).

Helen Topliss, Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, Sydney, 1996, 158 (illus.). Illustration 93.

Trixie Whitmore, Toxic/Chemical Free Pregnancy & Child Rearing, Sydney, 1991, cover (illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney morning herald, Sydney, 29 May 1935.