The centre of this painted triptych by Traquair depicts an embracing mother and child situated in a Borders landscape, as identified by the Leaderfoot viaduct in the background. Celtic interlacing can be seen on the mother’s simple red coat. The two cherub groups in the wings look on towards the mother who is depicted here in an honest and ordinary manner. The outside of the wings are embossed with Celtic and apple tree motifs and contain two circular enamels depicting ‘Eve and the Serpent’ and ‘Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden’.


  • Title: Triptych. Motherhood
  • Creator: Phoebe Anna Traquair
  • Date Created: Dated 1902
  • Physical Location: Scottish National Galllery
  • Location Created: Scotland
  • Physical Dimensions: Centre: h 22.30, w 18.20 cm; wings: h 22.30, w 9.30 cm
  • Credit Line: Bequest of the artist 1936
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/copyright-image-licensing
  • External Link: See this work at nationalgalleries.org
  • Medium: Oil on panel, in a repoussée copper frame, with inset lapidary and cloisonné enamel panels on exterior of wings
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Art Movement: Celtic Revival
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Panel
  • Depicted Location: Scotish Borders
  • Depicted Topic: Mother

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