Friday, 20 June 2008

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852 - 1936)


"The Victory" (1899-1902.) Panel 4 of "The Progress of a Soul" (1893-1901.) Silk, gold and silver thread embroidery on linen. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. Detail below.


Phoebe Anna Traquair was an Irish artist who rose to prominence in Edinburgh and went on to produce a staggering volume of work. She was part of the Arts and Crafts movements in
Scotland and worked in a number of disciplines including embroidery, jewellery making and metal work, painting, illustration and book design. She painted vast murals in several buildings including the Catholic Apostolic Church and the chapel of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, both in Edinburgh. Notably, she illuminated the book "Sonnets from the Portuguese" by the poet Elizabeth Barratt Browning, but she is probably best known today for her exquisite embroidered panels and drapes, the most spectacular of which "The Progress of a Soul" (part of which is seen above) now resides in the National Gallery of Scotland in Ediburgh.

Traquair is a unique figure in both British Art and the Arts and Crafts movement, and she has been identified as the first significant professional woman artist in modern Scotland.

"Self Portrait" Oil on Panel, 1911. Scottish National Portrait Gallery.


"Love's Testament" Oil on Canvas, 1898. Collection of Lord Lloyd Webber.


"Decorative Panel at Kellie Castle" Oil on canvas, 1897. National Trust, Scotland.



A look at the Catholic Apostolic Church (Today the Mansfield Traquair centre) including photographs of Traquair's murals in situ.
The Mansfield Traquair Trust
Profile of Traquair at the National Library of Scotland
▪ "Sonnets from the Portuguese" the illustrated manuscript in full
Book on Traquair by Elizabeth Cumming
▪ Works in the National Galleries of Scotland


"The Salvation of Mankind" Silk and gold thread on linen, 1885-93. City art Centre, Edinburgh.

Panels 1, 3 and a detail of 3.




"The Bonskeid Cabinet" Oil on oak, 1893. Private collection.


"The Ten Virgins Casket" Wood lined silver casket with twelve enamelled copper plaques and decorated with semi precious stones. 1907. Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow.


"Cupid with Earth upholder" Enamel with foil on copper, necklace, 1907. Trustees of the National Museum, Edinburgh.


"Grand Piano for the Great Hall at Lympne Castle, Kent." 1909-1911.



Binding on F.G Stephens "Rosetti" 1898.
Table Cover
. Wool, silks and gold thread on textured crash. c.1880.


"The Finished Task" Enamelled pendant, 1906.


South wall of the Song School, "O Ye Powers of the Lord" detail (1889)


"Angel Powers" Chapel of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. Detail. 1885-6.


West wall, Catholic Apostolic Church, detail. 1900-01.



East ceiling, south chancel aisle, Catholic Apostolic Church, detail. 1896.


East Wall, Chapel of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, detail. 1897-8.


6 comments:

thinker said...

Amazing blog, I am happy that I've found it!

DaisyMeme said...

Thank you for sharing and pointing these out. I was unfamiliar with Phoebe Traquair's work at all. It's beautiful.

andre@empyrean said...

Thank you for providing this profile on Traquair.

Alexandra said...

Thumbs up!

Geoffrey Hendrey said...

It's hard to believe Traquair or for that matter John Duncan are not better known. "St. Bride" by Duncan is so incredible...

jason said...

breathtaking!