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

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

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Traquair was one of the most talented artists working within the movement known as the Celtic Revival. Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, she painted murals for several religious and charitable organisations in Edinburgh, including the Catholic Apostolic Church in Broughton Street. She was also a brilliant embroiderer and made exquisite enamel jewellery. Her self-portrait seems quite private and personal, but also hints at a nervous energy.

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Celtic Revival

A renewed interest in the ancient Celtic arts of Britain and Ireland in the 19th and early 20th centuries which was particularly influential in the decorative arts.


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.

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

A group of mid-19th century English artists inspired by the simplicity of pre-Renaissance Italian art, the name meaning 'before Raphael'. They favoured a close observation of nature and rejected academic rules. They drew on literature for subject matter and were closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. Members included John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Celtic Revival, Enamel, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood


  • Acc. No. PG 1594
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 29.90 x 34.10 cm (framed: 43.50 x 48.80 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Professor Ramsay Traquair 1952