Shopper pad featuring The Progress of a Soul: The Victory by Phoebe Anna Traquair from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.
This richly coloured and detailed embroidery is the final, climactic work in a series of four called The Progress of a Soul and was made between 1899 and 1902. The human soul is represented by an ideal young man dressed in an animal skin, who was based on the character of Denys L'Auxerrois from Imaginary Portraits by Walter Pater. In this panel, The Victory is seen after death, reborn into eternal life. He has been awoken with a kiss from a red haired, red winged seraph, suggesting he has entered the realm of heaven.
Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852 – 1936) was born in Dublin, Ireland on 24th May 1852. She was heavily involved with the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland and became internationally renowed as an illustrator, painter and embroiderer. Her artworks included large-scale murals, embroidery, jewellery and book illuminations.