Doris Shaw (Dod) PROCTER RA

Born in London and at the age of 15 came to Newlyn with her mother and brother, Gerard, to study at the FORBES SCHOOL. Elizabeth FORBES arranged their accommodation at Myrtle Cottage ('the Myrtage'), together with Tennyson JESSE and her cousin Cicely JESSE.

In 1910 both Ernest PROCTER and Dod Shaw attended the Atelier Colarossi in Paris, following which they married in 1912 at Paul Church. Their only son, Bill, was born in 1913, the same year as she first exhibited at the RA. In 1920 she and Ernest were commissioned to work on the decorations of the Kokine Palace, Rangoon. Both also made designs which were used for decorative etching on crystal. On their return to Newlyn, the couple took up residence at North Corner, Newlyn where they remained.

From that time she concentrated on painting mainly figures. Her most famous painting, Morning (RA 1927) caused a national sensation. It is a large portrait of a reclining Cissie Barnes, a local fisherman's daughter. This work was bought by the Daily Mail for the nation, and is today in the Tate collection. After Ernest's death in 1935, she travelled to America and Canada.

In 1938, deciding to move to Zennor nearer her friend Alethea GARSTIN, her style and technique changed direction under the influence of the latter, and she began to paint in a looser fashion.

In 1942, she was elected as a full Royal Academician.

In 1945 she illustrated (coloured frontispiece and line drawings) a story by Clare Collas, A Penny for the Guy.

With Jeanne DU MAURIER she holidayed in Tenerife in 1946, and in 1948 they went to Africa. During the 1950s she spent some time in Jamaica where she painted mainly children. At home she continued with still life, exhibiting regularly at the RA. She is buried at St Hilary Churchyard, with her husband, Ernest.


Painter in oils and watercolour, sculptor of figures

works and access

Works include: Bowl of Roses; Standing Nude (1928); Tall Child (1929);  Early Morning Newlyn

Access to Work: Light Sleep (Fine Art Society); The Patchwork Quilt  (David Messum Galleries); Penlee House, Penzance: Aunt Lilla; Eileen Mayo; Tolcarne Inn; Little Sister; Self Portrait; Boys and Coconuts (1954, Cornwall Council)

Morning - Tate


1918:  International Society

From 1922 at the RA (222) including 1927: Morning

NEAC; Leicester Galleries

NAG 1921, Summer: a portrait 1925, Spring show days and spring show: 3 paintings; 1926, Spring: Three Graces, Mischievous Boy, At the Dressing Table


1985: Painting in Newlyn 1900-1930, NAG & Barbican (touring)

1987: Looking West, Paintings inspired by Cornwall 1880s to present day, NAG (selected)

1989: A Century of Art in Cornwall, 1889-1989, CCC centenary, Truro

1990: Dod Procter RA and Ernest Procter ARA, Newlyn Orion with Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

1992: Artists from Cornwall, RWE, Bristol (selected)

1996: Women Artists in Cornwall (mixed), Falmouth Art Gallery (illus catalogue with essays, Wallace, ed)

2002: Under the Open Sky (mixed) Penlee House Museum & Art Gallery

2007: Dod Procter, Memorial solo, Penlee House Art Gallery (with book by A James)


NEAC (1929); ARA (1934); RA (1942); SRA (1966); NSA; STISA (1937-49) President (1946); Penwith Society ( from 1949)


Biography: A James (2007) A Singular Vision: Dod Procter Bristol: Sansom & Co.

Illustrator for C Collas (1945) A Penny for the Guy London: Peter Davies

A King (2005) Newlyn Flowers, The Floral Art of Dod Procter Philip Wilson Publishers

Exh Cat (1990) Dod Procter RA, Ernest Procter ARA Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle in collaboration with Newlyn Orion, Penzance.

TFG Jones: 'The Marriage of Art to Life: The Procters' [in] Hardie (2009) pp104-7 (illus).


Buckman (2006) Artists/Britain since 1945

Chantrey Bequest list: Tate On-line

Fox Painting in Newlyn 1900-1930

Gaze (1997) Dictionary of Women Artists

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary illus

Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall illus & col pl

J Holmes Artistic Tradition

Hoyle, H (Nov 2011 Women Artists in Cornwall 'A Forgotten Prodigy - Joan Manning Sanders'

Johnson & Greutzner;  

Looking West Exh Cat (repr in Hardie 2009)

The Paper Chase

Mallett’s Index

Newton et al Painting at the Edge

 RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall Exh cat

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash

Tovey (2010) Sea Change; 

Tovey (2022) Lamorna - An Artistic, Social and Literary History - Volumes I & II, Wilson Books

C Wallace et al (1996) Women Artists Exh Cat

C Wallace (2002) Under the Open Sky

 Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership