About this artwork

Traquair made this modestly-sized easel painting towards the end of her work on the celebrated Song School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. It is painted in a naturalist style, the boy’s face is acutely observed and the setting is a Borders landscape. The 'Shepherd Boy' was part of the artist’s bequest to the Scottish National Gallery.

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.