The Entrance by Phoebe Anna Traquair magnet

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11.7 x 4 cm

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Fridge magnet featuring artwork, The Entrance by Phoebe Anna Traquair, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

This richly coloured and detailed embroidery is the first in a series of four called The Progress of a Soul. The human soul is represented by an ideal young man dressed in an 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, the last embroidery in the series, was finished in 1902.

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 renowned as an illustrator, painter, and embroiderer. Her artworks included large-scale murals, embroidery, jewellery, and book illuminations.