Phoebe Anna Traquir (1852 – 1936) British embroider and jeweller

Two Angels - Anna Traquair Phoebe (1852 - 1936)
Two Angels – Anna Traquair Phoebe (1852 – 1936)

Phoebe Anna Traquir (1852 – 1936) was an Irish-born artist who rose to international prominence as an illustrator, painter, and embroiderer in Scotland’s Arts and Crafts movement. Murals, embroidery, enamel jewellery, and book illuminations were among her works. She was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1920.


She went to the Royal Dublin Society to study.


She began her career doing domestic embroidery before specialising in large embroidered panels and mediaeval enamelling. She was influenced by mediaeval manuscripts that she studied in Dublin and sent to her by John Ruskin, mediaeval metalwork at the Royal Museum of Scotland, and Edward Burne-Jones and other Pre-Raphaelites. Lady Gibson Carmichael, a pupil of Alexander Fisher, taught her enamelling.

From 1902 to 1903, she produced pale and rarely executed enamels on silver rather than copper. From 1905 onwards, they became brighter and darker.

She became the Royal Scottish Academy’s first honorary woman member in 1920.

Goats - Anna Traquair Phoebe (1852 - 1936)
Goats – Anna Traquair Phoebe (1852 – 1936)
Phoebe Anna Traquair - Arts and Crafts Movement painter
Phoebe Anna Traquair – Arts and Crafts Movement painter


Her work was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in London, and the Edinburgh Arts and Crafts Club.


Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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