This was voted Picture of the Year at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1927 and bought for the nation by the Daily Mail newspaper. From c.1922 Dod Procter had begun to paint a series of simple, monumental portraits of young women that she knew, utilising the fall of light across the figures to give a powerful sense of volume. The model was Cissie Barnes, the sixteen year old daughter of a fisherman from Newlyn, the Cornish village that was home to Dod Procter for most of her working life. The popularity of thispainting led to its being displayed in New York, followed by a tour of Britain from 1927 to 1929.
Dod PROCTER b. 1892
Figure, landscape and flower painter. Born 21 April 1892 in London, daughter of Dr F. C. Shaw. Studied art under Stanhope Forbes at Newlyn c. 1907–8 and at the Atelier Colarossi, Paris. Married the artist Ernest Procter in 1912; they held a joint exhibition of watercolours at the Fine Art Society 1913 and also exhibited at the Leicester Galleries. Exhibited with the International Society from 1918 and at the R.A. from 1922. Member of the N.E.A.C. 1929; A.R.A. 1934, R.A. 1942. Helped her husband on the decorations of the Kokine Palace, Rangoon, 1920. Honourable mention at the 25th and 27th International Exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1926 and 1928. Lives and works at Newlyn, Cornwall.