Newbery, Jessie


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(b Paisley, Renfrewshire, 28 May 1864; d Corfe Castle, Dorset, 27 April 1948). Scottish embroiderer and designer. She was the eldest child of William Rowat, a successful shawl manufacturer. She attended the Glasgow School of Art, where she studied life drawing and anatomy, later taking a design course in stained glass and textiles. In 1889 she married the school's principal, Francis H. Newbery (1853-1946), and in 1894 began giving embroidery classes that laid the foundation of the department whose innovative work won international acclaim.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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