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Talks // Coming up // Dod Procter née Shaw RA (1892– 1972)
30 January

Dod Procter née Shaw RA (1892– 1972)

This art history lecture explores the figure and still-life paintings of Dod Procter, formerly known as Doris Shaw, one of the most successful painters to emerge from the Forbes School of Painting in Newlyn. Despite being largely forgotten today, Dod rose to prominence alongside her great friend Laura Knight during the 1920s and 30s when her painting 'Morning' was acquired for the nation. In 1942, she became only the second woman, after Laura Knight, to be elected a full Royal Academician.

Dod met Ernest Procter, also a student at the Forbes School, in 1907, and they married in 1912, welcoming their son Bill in 1913. This lecture examines the similarities and differences between Dod and Ernest’s paintings. Following Ernest's death in 1935, Dod's bold, sculptural style of painting underwent a transition to a more impressionistic approach. Wallace illustrates this shift in Dod’s work during the talk.

Later in life, Dod embarked on travels to Africa and the West Indies with friends like Alethea Garstin, capturing the landscapes and children she encountered on her journeys.

Catherine Wallace is a freelance art historian, author, curator and lecturer specialising in British art with a focus on artists in Cornwall 1880 to the present day.

Dod Procter Ra (1892- 1972) Once Famous Now Forgotten Newlyn Painter 
Thursday 30th January 6pm

Tickets: £12

A £1 Poly Fund payment is added to each ticket sold

Image Used: Morning, 1926 by Dod Procter ©The Tate, London

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