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Fan design

circa 1908


Thea Proctor


02 Oct 1879 – 29 Jul 1966

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    London England
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Art Gallery of New South Wales

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    Thea Proctor

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  • About

    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

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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