Phoebe Traquair

The first important professional woman artist of modern Scotland, Phoebe Anna Traquair was a leading figure within the Scottish Arts and Crafts movement. Explore the sources which inspired her work and follow the story of one of her most significant artistic achievements, the murals she created for the Catholic Apostolic Church (now the Mansfield Traquair Centre) which has been called ‘Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel’.
Willowwood IV, page from an illuminated manuscript of the sonnet Willowwood by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of four pages, ink, watercolour and gold leaf on vellum: British, by Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1890

Willowwood IV, page from an illuminated manuscript of the sonnet Willowwood by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of four pages, ink, watercolour and gold leaf on vellum: British, by Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1890

Willowwood I, page from an illuminated manuscript of the first Willowwood sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of four pages illustrating the four sonnets, ink, watercolour and gold leaf on vellum: British, by Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1890

Willowwood I, page from an illuminated manuscript of the first Willowwood sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of four pages illustrating the four sonnets, ink, watercolour and gold leaf on vellum: British, by Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1890

Shaped plaquette depicting the Pieta, mounted in a rectangular frame, of copper alloys, enamels and foil, entitled 'Our Lady of Sorrow' on reverse: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1902

Shaped plaquette depicting the Pieta, mounted in a rectangular frame, of copper alloys, enamels and foil, entitled 'Our Lady of Sorrow' on reverse: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1902

Key with plique-a-jour enamel for a small silver box decorated with an enamel plaquette: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1909

Key with plique-a-jour enamel for a small silver box decorated with an enamel plaquette: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1909

Rectangular silver writing casket on four feet, mounted with seven enamels, with wood lining and dividers: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Brook and Son, designed and with enamels by Phoebe Traquair, 1927 - 1928

Rectangular silver writing casket on four feet, mounted with seven enamels, with wood lining and dividers: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Brook and Son, designed and with enamels by Phoebe Traquair, 1927 - 1928

Unmounted shaped plaquette of copper, enamels and foil, decorated with a full length figure of an angel with arms outstretched, entitled 'Earth Spirit' on reverse: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1912

Unmounted shaped plaquette of copper, enamels and foil, decorated with a full length figure of an angel with arms outstretched, entitled 'Earth Spirit' on reverse: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1912

Unmounted square plaquette of copper, enamels and foil, decorated with 'The Flight into Egypt', from a dismembered casket: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, signed and dated 1903

Unmounted square plaquette of copper, enamels and foil, decorated with 'The Flight into Egypt', from a dismembered casket: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, signed and dated 1903

Pendant entitled "Out of the Deep", gold and enamel: Scottish, Midlothian, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1908

Pendant entitled "Out of the Deep", gold and enamel: Scottish, Midlothian, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1908

Bookbinding of embossed leather with spine entitled 'Biblia Innocentum' and front cover decorated with scenes of the Creation of the World: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1897 - 1898

Bookbinding of embossed leather with spine entitled 'Biblia Innocentum' and front cover decorated with scenes of the Creation of the World: Scottish, Edinburgh, by Phoebe Traquair, 1897 - 1898

Willowwood grand piano, case designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, 1909, and painted by Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1910, piano by Steinway and woodcarving by Scott Morton & Co., for Frank Tennant of Lympne Castle, Kent

Willowwood grand piano, case designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, 1909, and painted by Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1910, piano by Steinway and woodcarving by Scott Morton & Co., for Frank Tennant of Lympne Castle, Kent

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