Phoebe Anna Traquair

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

Biography

Born 1852
Died 1936
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Dublin
Death place Edinburgh

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.

Glossary terms

  • Derived from an element in classical architecture, it is used broadly to refer to any decorative horizontal band running along a wall or piece of furniture.