{Artist} Phoebe Anna Traquair

Happy Monday dolls!! I hope all the Mothers here in the UK and Europe enjoyed their Mother's Day! I had a great sleep in and lazed around all day. Very well taken care of, I had a wonderful day :) I hope you did too. I decided to start the week off with some art...what I love most!! I included as many pictures as possible and tried to cut the bio as much as I could, I know some are against reading it seems, haha. So, I tried to make it as simple as possible, but Art is not as simple as it appears, it's as complex as the sea and it's what I love. I do hope you enjoy & if your ever in Edinburgh, you really must go and enjoy the panels in real life....they are amazing, The National Gallery as a whole is one of my favourite places! Have a wonderful Monday dolls!!

xoxox




I love a good wander around the National Gallery of Scotland while I'm in Edinburgh. The capitol itself is such a picaresque view of loveliness and fully seeped in history. As soon as you walk in the doors, you are met with some of the greatest art pieces you'll ever see. The inviting colours of the rooms give a harmonious backdrop to the treasures it has in store. One spot I always love to go to is at the bottom to the Scottish Art floor, as there are so many artists one doesn't hear so much of compared to Monet, Manet, ect. One artist such as this is, Phoebe Anna Traquair. Her amazingly exquisite embroidered panels and drapes, hang in their glory for all to see called,  'The Progress of the Soul'.  The richly coloured and detailed embroidery is a series of four. The human soul is represented by an ideal young man dressed in animal skin, in harmony with the rich pattern of the luxuriant natural world around him. Here in 'The Entrance', completed in 1895, he is full of hope and enthusiasm, blissfully ignorant of life's realities. This figure was based on the character of Denys L'Auxerrois from 'Imaginary Portraits' by the English critic and writer Walter Pater.  'The Victory', is the last embroidery and was finished in 1902. 

{Pictures Below}

These are silk and gold thread embroidered on linen panels.
The size of them are 180.67 x 71.20 cm (Framed 223.00 x 88.00 x 5.50cm)


1. 'The Entrance' 1895

2. 'The Stress'  1897

3. 'Despair' 1899

4. 'The Victory' 1902

(you can click on the photo to see it larger)


Phoebe Anna Traquair (born in  1852 – died, August 4, 1936) was an Irish artist who rose to prominence in Edinburgh and went on to produce a amazing volume of work. She belonged to the Arts & Crafts movement in Scotland and worked in a number of disciplines including embroidery, jewellery making, metal work, painting, illustrating and book design. She painted large murals in several buildings, including the Catholic Apostolic Church & the Chapel of the Royal Hospital for sick children, both in Edinburgh. Notably, she illuminated the book "Sonnets from the Portuguese" by the poet Elizabeth Barratt Browning, but she is most likely best known today for her exquisite embroidered panels and drapes. Traquair is a unique figure in both British Art and the Arts and Crafts movement, and she has been identified as the first significant woman artist in modern Scotland. She was also the first woman member of the Royal Scottish Academy. 

(Up close look at the embroidered panel, 'The Victory'.) 







{Some of Phoebe's other works}




Necklace. 1908 (made); Place: Edinbu



{The Mansfield Traquair Centre is a former Catholic Apostolic Church located on the edge of Edinburgh's historic New Town. Phoebe painted the mural on the walls in the 1890's.}


{Pendent - 'The Song'}




"Grand Piano for the Great Hall at Lympne Castle, Kent." 1909-1911. Phoebe Anna Traquair



"The Bonskeid Cabinet" Oil on oak, 1893. Private collection.



"The Ten Virgins Casket" Wood lined silver casket with twelve enamelled copper plaques and decorated with semi precious stones. 1907. Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow.


Binding on F.G Stephens "Rosetti" 1898.


"Angel Powers" Chapel of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. Detail. 1885-6.


62 comments

  1. Beautiful images! You have a great eye for art!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
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    1. Thank you, hope you have a wonderful day too xx

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  2. Absolutely amazing! Painting these would be a lot of work and beautiful, but embroidering like this is just fantastic. Wow! Thanks for sharing these, I've learned something new :-) Have a lovely week ahead xo

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    1. I agree...you really must see the panels in real life, because they are so big and the details are amazing. I just stand there in disbelief that it's all been embroidered. Such a talent!! You have a great week too xo

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  3. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pics, dear Kizzy.
    No Mother's Day in Spain until May; althoug it is not a big celebration here. We just stick to birthday, LOl
    Have a lovely week, my friend
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  4. What a great post! I really like this artist:)

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  5. Woww.. perfect pictures to glance through a day after mother's day!!! glad you enjoyed your mother's day :) lurv this post...
    kisses
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  6. Lovely! I can only imagine how wonderful they are in person.

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    1. They are a must see in person...I wish they'd let me film or something in there, it's too grand to miss :) xx

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  7. I like this artist! Especially the pendant and oh the piano, how unique!

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  8. I'm sure the photos do not do them justice and I could admire these all day taking in all the detail and history that goes along with each. The embroidered linen panels are my favorite as I love pieces of art that are truly a labor of love. Have an amazing week dear friend, and a happy belated mother's day to you;)

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    1. They really don't, it's a must see in person. I always just stand there and look at all I can...she had a great talent!! I hope you have an amazing week too!! xx

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  9. Great post!! I like this artist!!!
    Have a good week, dear! and my g+ for you...

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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    1. Thank you...you have a nice Monday too flower xx

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  11. Wow. You've blown my mind with these incredible works of art. Thank you for sharing. I agree with the first commenter- you have a great eye for art.

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    1. Am really pleased you enjoy them :))) Thank you so much for the kind words, I appreciate it!! Have a great week lovely xx

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  12. There are so many less heard of artists that should be better known in the world, and get at least a mention in the big Art Books. Traquair is certainly one of them! Her style seems like a mix of Medieval and Art Nouveau, and I really like it. Wouldn't mind having that grand piano in my future castle... ;) <3 <3 <3

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    1. I would love this piano too, it's wonderful. And I agree, a mix of medieval and Art Nouveau :))) <3 <3 <3 <3

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  13. such fabulous antique pieces.very neat,just lost words appreciating them.
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    1. Am happy you enjoy them! You're welcome xx

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  14. Amazing pics! :) Great post! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

    Kisses,

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  15. Wow! Her art is absolutely stunning! Reminds me of Mucha. Do you know his art?

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  16. That piano is just marvelous and I love the muted, yet bold vibe of her art!

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  17. So fantastic inspiring pictures. Thank you for sharing

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  18. This gallery looks awesome Doll, absolutely adore these photos. I'm glad that you had such a great Mother's Day too, you deserve to be spoiled!

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  19. Wonderful, they fit so well into your world. I've never heard about this artist before and I am happy I do now. Like someone else said, it reminds me of Mucha a little, but it's different. Did you see the Mucha inspired headwear Piers Atkinson showed at the London Fashion Week? Made me think of you so much.

    There was no Mother's Day in Switzerland neither, we still have time till May to select the most beautiful flowers, for our moms. Wishing you a wonderful week with a lot of sunshine. xxxx

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    1. Am happy you enjoyed...oh yes, I saw that, I loved it. I love Mucha very much...am happy it reminded you of me <3

      Mother's Day seems to be at different times for lots I've learned! But, thank you so much!! xxxx

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  20. That ornate piano is something else! Happy mother's day!

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    1. It is, would be so nice to see in real life!! Thank you xx

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  21. Thank you for introducing me to the work of such a wonderful and inspiring artist! Her pieces look amazing and I would imagine they must be even more gorgeous in person.

    Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day and have a splendid week Kizzy!
    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  22. Amazing gallery.
    I'm still in Her Majesty kingdom, (Southampton), freezing.
    I'll leave tomorrow!
    Love,
    Nina

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  23. Wow, I love the intense colors in the paintings! Gorgeous.

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  24. How fascinating!! She is such an eclectic artist, and I did know nothing about her so far. The Progress of the Soul and the piano are breathetaking, I can't imagine what would be like to see them in person. Thank you for this rich food for the mind. I'm happy you had a great Mother's Day. In Italy we celebrate it in May, because May is the month dedicated to Holy Mary. Lots of love my brilliant friend!!

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  25. What a gorgeous looking building and it houses such treasures! It will definitely be on my list for our next visit to Edinburgh xo

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  26. Love your way to see art! I think that we can have a great passion for art in common!! It will be great to meet us!
    xoxo

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  27. Beautiful post
    Kisses darling

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  28. Thanks for sharing her story Kizzy. You know not enough women artists are showcased. Traquair did everything! I can't get over the murals, jewelry and book binding. Usually an artist is known for paintings, but not other things. She was MULTI-talented! Beautiful works. I love museums. I bet it's a gorgeous museum. Girl, I was looking up Easter stuff. England LOVES EGGS! HaHaHa They are HUGE! The big thing over here is bunny rabbits. We have some eggs, but not like you guys. Any story behind that? Have a great week doll.
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  29. All so amazing! It is astonishing at how much labor goes into each work. Truly a labor of love. And, truly a passion. I am in "AWE". I love the embroidery. Naturally, I love "the Victory". Thank you for sharing such beauty, and educating us on Phoebe Anna Traquair. I would love to tour with you. I can only imagine how much more I would learn just from being at your side as you bring life to each piece. xox

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  30. I love it. After a long dark winter, I'm famished by Art. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Well, these are just wonderful works of art dear. Thanks for sharing this and also the tidbits about her. xx Enjoy the week lovely. /Madison

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  32. Wow! Thanks for sharing. I love learning new things. And she sounds like such an admirable lady!

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