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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) architect, designer and artist.

It is sometimes suggested that Mackintosh was neglected by his contemporaries, and that his work only began to be appreciated in the latter part of the 20th century. However, a joint Memorial Exhibition was held in the McLellan Galleries following the death of his wife Margaret in 1933. Items on display included examples of their work as water-colourists, furniture designers, workers in stained glass, metal workers and interior decorators, with several plans and other architectural compositions.

J Jeffrey Waddell wrote an appreciation in the Quarterly Illustrated of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for spring 1933 in which he stated: "The late Charles Rennie Mackintosh was one of the most brilliant of Glasgow's architects. We may like his work or we may not, that is a matter of temperament or prejudice, but the fact remains that he was not only a pioneer of great originality, he accomplished great things, and a study of his work leaves one with the feeling that, given the greater opportunity, he could have done better still."

Reference: Mitchell Library, 453854

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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