About the Artist

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936)

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) was the leading artist the Arts and Crafts movement in Edinburgh. From the 1880s to the 1920s she worked in a wide range of media, including easel painting, embroidery, manuscript illumination, book cover tooling, enamelling, as well as mural decoration. She exhibited in Chicago, London, Turin and St Louis in the 1890s and 1900s. The decoration of the Catholic Apostolic Church helped to confirm this international recognition.

The third daughter of a Dublin physician, Phoebe Anna Moss attended the art school of the Royal Dublin Society and moved to Edinburgh following marriage to the Scottish palaeontologist Ramsay Heatley Traquair (1840-1912). The eldest of their three children, also Ramsay Traquair, became Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at McGill University, Montreal, in 1913.

Copyright 2000 These notes were written by Elizabeth Cumming