Collection of Reproductions of Medallions by Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of reproductions of circa 12 medallions painted by her on the walls of the Song School, St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, and it also includes a letter to C. R. Barbour. Reproductions on vellum, with gold illumination.

Administrative / Biographical History

The artist Phoebe Anna Traquair was born in Dublin in 1852. She moved to Edinburgh in 1873. Her work included jewellery enamelling, book illuminating and binding, embroidery, and mural painting. Her murals can be found at the former Catholic and Apostolic Church, East London Street, Edinburgh, at the Song School, St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, and in the Thistle Chapel, St. Giles, Edinburgh. Traquair was the first female member of the Royal Scottish Academy. Phoebe Anna Traquair died in 1936.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Reproductions, acquired January 1966, Accession no. E66.28. Letter to Barbour, Accession no. E93.10, extraction from Gen. 852, and returned in June 1996.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Keay, John. and Keay, Julia (eds.). Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: Harper Collins, 1994.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence and papers, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, Ref. MSS 8122-29