Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1852 - 1936. Artist
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Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1852 - 1936. Artist Sculpted in 1927

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
Working as a mural painter, illuminator, embroiderer and enameller, Phoebe Traquair was one of the most distinguished artists of her generation. She painted murals for St Mary’s Cathedral Song School and the Catholic Apostolic Church in Edinburgh (now the Mansfield Traquair Centre). James Pittendrigh Macgillivray made the plaster version of this bust in the late 1890s. At his own suggestion, he later had it carved in marble by the sculptor Peter Induni. The bust depicts her in working smock and cap, as the artist craftswoman.

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Bust

Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.

Enamel

Powdered coloured glass that is fixed to a surface using heat. It is widely used on decorative objects such as ceramics. Enamel paints were developed in the 18th century and were favoured for portrait miniatures.

Illumination

Decorative or illustrative elements applied to books, scrolls and other documents. The art form flourished in the medieval and renaissance periods and frequently includes gold highlights.

Mural

An artwork or design attached or applied directly to a wall.

Bust, Enamel, Illumination, Mural

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 1463
  • Medium Marble
  • Size Height: 68.10 cm
  • Credit Transferred from the Scottish Modern Arts Association 1944