Dinah Reading. Dod Procter (1890-1972). Oil on canvas.
Dod Procter was born Doris Shaw and probably chose her androgynous epithet to thwart convention. At 15, began studies at Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes’ art school. Studied at the Atelier Colorossi, where she was inspired by the impressionist and post-impressionist painters, especially Cezanne and Renoir.
Through the 1920s she specialised in painting the figure, usually single female figures, sometimes nude, others in softly draped clothes.
Often exhibited in London, including at the Royal Academy.
Her style later changed considerably, as did the subject matter, which included landscapes, paintings of children and still-life.