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.


  • Title: The Progress of a Soul: The Entrance
  • Creator: Phoebe Anna Traquair, Phoebe Anna Traquair
  • Date Created: 1895 — 1902, 1895
  • Physical Location: Scottish National Galllery
  • Location Created: Scotland
  • Physical Dimensions: h 180.67, w 71.20 cm
  • Credit Line: Bequest of the artist 1936
  • Type: Decorative and applied art
  • Rights: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/copyright-image-licensing, https://www.nationalgalleries.org/copyright-image-licensing
  • External Link: See this work at nationalgalleries.org
  • Medium: Silk and gold thread embroidered on linen
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Art Movement: Celtic Revival
  • Art Form: Textile
  • Support: Linen
  • Depicted Person: Denys L'Auxerrois
  • Depicted Topic: Soul

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