• Young Mackintosh?

    Image credit: Dr TMR Houlton [3]. A February 2024 report in Scotland’s The Herald newspaper has detailed forensic analysis of a 144 year old photograph that may feature Charles Rennie Mackintosh when twelve years old ¬†[1]. For three years from 1880 Mackintosh is known to have attended Allen Glen’s School. A very early photo with …

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  • A visit to No 5 Blythswood Square

    Five minutes from The Willow Tearooms and just around the corner from the Mackintoshes first marital home 5 Blythswood Square, Glasgow a fine Georgian house – was occupied for 88 years until 1971 by The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists Club. In 1907 the Decoration Committee of the Club engaged Charles Rennie Mackintosh to redecorate …

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  • I saw three ships

    As with Pierre de Courbertin’s 1908 Olympic adage¬†– “The most important thing is…not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well” – artists and designers often derive most pleasure from the act of making and not the finished product. I often find equal if not greater pleasure in …

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  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip at 78 Derngate

    A behind the scenes look by David Walsh at a recent visit to 78 Derngate by Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. 2017 was quite the year at 78 Derngate. Early on I was involved in putting together the Centenary Exhibition, “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Featuring many original works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the …

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