Phoebe Anna Traquair

Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1852 - 1936. Artist (Self-portrait) (1911)

About this artwork

Traquair was one of the most talented artists working within the movement known as the Celtic Revival. Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, she painted murals for several religious and charitable organisations in Edinburgh, including the Catholic Apostolic Church in Broughton Street. She was also a brilliant embroiderer and made exquisite enamel jewellery. Her self-portrait seems quite private and personal, but also hints at a nervous energy.

Phoebe Anna Traquair

Phoebe Anna Traquair

Traquair's murals, easel paintings, embroideries, book illustrations and jewellery brought her international recognition, as one of the most accomplished artists of the Arts and Crafts movement. She was originally from Dublin but moved to Edinburgh after her marriage to Dr Ramsay Traquair, Keeper of Natural History at the Royal Scottish Museum. She played a significant and practical role in the promotion of decorative art in public buildings, for example, through her murals in the Sick Children's Hospital. In 1920 Traquair became the first woman member of the Royal Scottish Academy.