Victoria Crowe

Thea Musgrave, b. 1928. Composer (2006)

About this artwork

Thea Musgrave is a successful Scottish-American composer whose orchestral, choral and operatic works are known for their rich musical language and strong sense of drama. Born in Edinburgh in 1928, Musgrave studied in Edinburgh and Paris before living and working in London for several years. In 1970 she took up the post of Guest Professor at the University of California and married American violist and conductor Peter Mark the following year. From 1987 until 2002 she was Distinguished Professor at Queens College, New York, where she trained many young and gifted student composers. Musgrave has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a CBE in 2002 and an honorary degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2004.

  • title: Thea Musgrave, b. 1928. Composer
  • accession number: PG 3415
  • artist: Victoria CroweScottish (born 1945)
  • depicted: Thea Musgrave
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Education Music
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 2006
  • measurements: 76.50 x 91.50 cm (framed: 105.50 x 121.00 x 6.30 cm)
  • credit line: Commissioned 2006
  • copyright: © Victoria Crowe
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Victoria Crowe

Victoria Crowe

Born in London, Crowe trained at the Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She moved to Scotland in 1968 and began teaching at Edinburgh College of Art. She is a painter of still life, interiors, landscapes and portraits, and works in oil and in watercolour. Visits to Italy, Madeira, Egypt and India have influenced her work, as has the death of her son - her work is often autobiographical. Several of her richly symbolic portraits are in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where an exhibition of her work, A Shepherd's Life, was held in 2000.