27th April 1948

Artist and embroiderer Jessie Newbery dies

Born Jessie Rowat in Paisley on 28 May 1864, Newbery pioneered needlework as an artistic work in its own right and established the Department of Embroidery at the Glasgow School of Art. She was one of the founders of a group of women designers and artists – later known as the Glasgow Girls – who did much to promote the arts within the city and produced some of the most notable works of their time. As part of this group, she worked alongside her one-time student Ann Macbeth to support women’s suffrage and women who had been imprisoned for fighting for their right to vote.



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