An image of Fan design

Thea Proctor

(Australia 02 Oct 1879 – 29 Jul 1966)

Fan design

Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
London, England
circa 1908
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
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