Oil on canvas; signed; signed and titled verso
20 x 20 inches
Purchased from the 1967 Royal Academy exhibition; thence by descent
Royal Academy, 1967, no. 459
Dod Procter, like her contemporaries Dora Carrington and Vanessa Bell, not only knew her plants, but loved to paint them. Fully a third of the paintings Procter exhibited at the Royal Academy were of flowers. In 1923, Procter, with her husband Ernest, built a small, steep garden by her house in Newlyn, where she painted flowers she had grown herself. She also painted more exotic flowers, having been an intrepid traveller all her life. This painting, shown at the RA in 1967 under the title Tropical Flowers, might be rather more domestic than the title suggests; the array of flowers — identified as pelargoniums, campanula, coleus leaves and violas — are of of tropical origin, but are commonly cultivated in Britain.