Cissie Barnes, the daughter of a Newlyn fisherman and one of Dod Procter’s favourite models, posing for Procter’s most famous painting, ‘Morning’, currently on display at Tate Modern.

Photo of Cissie Barnes, the daughter of a fisherman from Newlyn and one of Dod Procter’s favourite models. Here, she poses for Procter’s most famous painting, ‘Morning’, which is currently on display at Tate Modern. Private Collection © Bridgeman Images

Our latest collection is inspired by the life and work of Dod Procter. Born Doris Margaret Shaw (1890 – 1972), Dod had a deep and enduring connection with Cornwall, which began when she moved to Newlyn to study at the Forbes School of Painting as a teenager. It was here that she met her future husband, Ernest, and quickly became part of a thriving artistic community.

Ernest and Dod enjoying a picnic on Cornish clifftops

Ernest and Dod enjoying a picnic on Cornish clifftops. Private Collection © Bridgeman Images

Dod and Ernest moved to Paris to continue their studies at the Atelier Colarossi, where they were influenced by Impressionism and Post-Impressionism movements. Both made a living from painting, and Dod was one of the few female artists of the time who was successful in her own right.

Dod Procter and her husband, Ernest, painting their studio in Newlyn.

Dod Procter and her husband, Ernest, painting their studio in Newlyn. Private Collection © Bridgeman Images

While Dod travelled widely, particularly after Ernest’s early death in 1935, she always came back to Cornwall, and spent much of her life working and teaching in Newlyn and Penwith. One of the stars of the Newlyn School, she was elected as a full member of the Royal Academy in 1942.

Her paintings capture West Cornwall’s renowned silvery light, and she is known for her sensuous, Art Deco-style portraits of local women and evocative flower studies, captured in her Newlyn garden and at the coast.

A rocky coastline, Cornwall (oil on canvas), Procter, Dod

A rocky coastline, Cornwall (oil on canvas), Procter, Dod (1892-1972) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

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