Lida Moser

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh Tapestry Company (Ronnie McVinnie, John Loufit, Fred Marin, Richard Gordon, Alec Jack, Ian Inglis, Archie Brennan,... (1949)

About this artwork

Beside her first assignment from Vogue in 1949 to create portraits of leading Scottish artists and writers, Lida Moser produced a series of photographs of a very different kind during the month she spent in Scotland. This is an image of the staff and apprentices at the Dovecot tapestry studios in Corstorphine. Founded in 1912 to promote the Arts and Crafts movement, the Dovecot brought together artists and craftsmen to produce some of the finest tapestries in the world. 'Wading Birds', a design by Graham Sutherland, can be seen on the loom behind the weavers.

  • title: Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh Tapestry Company (Ronnie McVinnie, John Loufit, Fred Marin, Richard Gordon, Alec Jack, Ian Inglis, Archie Brennan, Sydney Ramage)
  • accession number: PGP 43.13
  • artist: Lida MoserAmerican (born 1920)
  • gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Documentary Crafts and practical arts
  • materials: Silver gelatine print
  • date created: 1949
  • measurements: 25.50 x 30.40 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1984
  • copyright: © The Estate of Lida Moser/National Galleries of Scotland

Lida Moser

Lida Moser

The photojournalist, Lida Moser, began her career in 1947 while a student in Berenice Abbot's studio in New York. She worked initially for 'Vogue' from 1949 and then for many other leading picture magazines, including 'Harper's Bazaar' and 'Look'. Across a varied commercial career, Moser gained a particular reputation for her portraits of artists, authors and musicians, shot mainly in Britain and the United States. Moser's first 'Vogue' assignment was titled 'Scottish Talents,' comprising portraits of leading Scottish artists and writers.