Mural decoration at Mansfield Traquair Centre

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Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel - a spectacular Victorian church with astonishing wall murals.

  • Mural decoration at Mansfield Traquair Centre
  • Mural decoration at Mansfield Traquair Centre
  • Mural decoration at Mansfield Traquair Centre


Spectacular mural decoration enriches every part of the interior. Painted between 1893 and 1901 by Edinburgh’s leading Arts & Crafts artist Phoebe Anna Traquair, it was designed to enhance a worshipper’s experience. The building is filled with narrative scenes from both the Old and New Testaments including the Parable of the Ten Virgins. The Great West Wall, more than twenty metres in height, illustrates the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time, a core belief of the Church.

Inspired by both the Italian Renaissance and recent Pre-Raphaelite art, Traquair adapted her style and materials to each space. Gold leaf over gesso plaster was used for angels’ trumpets, haloes and the glorious decorative borders which complete many panels. As an art critic writing in the late 1890s noted, it ‘scintillates and glows like a jewelled crown’.

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