Thea PROCTOR, not titled [The song]. Enlarge 1 /1


Armidale, New South Wales, Australia 1879 – Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia 1966

  • England 1903-12, 1914-21

not titled [The song]. c.1909 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour Support: cardboard

Primary Insc: signed centre right in pen and black ink, 'Alathea Proctor' . not dated. not titled.
Dimensions: image 23.0 h x 23.5 w cm sheet 37.8 h x 37.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.643
Image rights: © Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Christie's (London), London, June 1985;
  • From the auction, 'Modern British and Irish paintings, drawings and sculpture', London: Christie's, 15 March 1985, lot 163.

Inspired by modernist art, Proctor used clean lines, simple forms and bold colours in The song. She depicted a singer dressed in the latest fashion ‘the tango’ dress, with its beaded fringe and wearing a turbaned, feathered headdress.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra