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Newbery, Jessie

(1864—1948)


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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.

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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