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Phoebe Anna Traquair


We received an interesting book today - 'The House of Life - Sonnets & Songs of Dante Gabriel Rossetti' The text is beautifully illuminated by Phoebe Anna Traquair*. The book is scuffed on the outside, but inside is pretty good, bearing in mind it was published in 1904 as a limited edition of 150 copies. We'll be cataloguing this volume in the next few days and should have it on the site by the end of the week.

*Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) has a unique place in history. She was the first important professional woman artist of modern Scotland. To rank as such might be enough to ensure her fame, but Traquair was also a central figure within Scottish Arts and Crafts practice, working prolifically in such diverse fields as embroidery, enamelwork, leather book-cover tooling and, not least, manuscript illumination and mural decoration.
Text taken from a commentary by Elizabeth Cumming