Oil on card; inscribed verso with artist's name.
15 x 12.5 inches
with Orion Gallery, Penzance
Dod Procter, née Shaw, was a pupil at the Forbes’s school in Newlyn, where she met the slightly older Laura and Harold Knight. She also met her future husband, Ernest. The Procters became the next ‘golden couple’ of the school. They travelled to Rangoon in 1919, having been commissioned by a wealthy Chinese businessman to decorate the Kokine Palace. After finishing the project, they travelled inland to Mandalay before returning by riverboat along the Irrawaddy. Burma at that time remained an isolated country, where most women and children still wore vibrantly coloured local costumes, described by colonial administrator Sir George Scott as ‘reminiscent of wind-stirred tulip beds or a stir-about of rainbows’. In the 1920s, Dod Procter’s increasingly sensual female nudes were considered too risqué for exhibition, and her Virginal was rejected by the RA in 1929 in widely reported controversy, but in 1942 she became only the second woman (after Laura Knight) to be made Royal Academician since 1768.