DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
George LAMBERT | Miss Thea Proctor

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; France 1900-01; England 1901-21; Australia from 1921
Miss Thea Proctor 1903
oil on canvas
91.5 (h) x 71.0 (w) cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Purchased under the terms of the Florence Tuner Blake Bequest in 1961

Thea Proctor was a significant person in Lambert’s life, as a friend, colleague and model. In this portrait, however, Lambert was not just painting his friend, he was also painting a showpiece. He placed his sitter in an imaginary landscape, in the manner of earlier artists such as Thomas Gainsborough. He idealised the image to achieve a sophisticated elegance, elongating the neck, torso and limbs.

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