“Sailing Ships” Mackintosh Print


This stunning Duille fine art print is of “Sailing Ships” which was made in pencil and watercolour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1922 in London. Available framed or unframed.

This stunning watercolour seascape, one of Mackintosh’s final works, was at the forefront of British graphic design when produced in 1922 in Chelsea, London. This is a museum-quality archival print made using materials which will last for many years.

About the work
Mackintosh lived with his wife Margaret in Chelsea from 1916 after having moved from Walberswick on the east coast. This period proved to be financially difficult for the couple. With wartime building restrictions having limited demand architectural commissions were hard to come by; an exception being the work to remodel 78 Derngate in 1916. The couple turned to producing textile designs which they sold to progressive manufacturers to raise funds. Mackintosh also made a series of naturalistic watercolours in a square format over several years –   including PetuniasPeoniesWinter Rose and Yellow Tulips.

In 1922 a commission from Northampton Industrialist W.J Bassett-Lowke for a Christmas card – [ also available to order ] – saw the development of Sailing Ships perhaps as a preparatory work. A detailed discussion of Mackintosh’s process for the making of this work can be found in an article in our archive.

The flattened, graphic treatment and strong colour of Sailing Ships is reminiscent of the wall treatment for the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate. It is distinct from the other works on paper from this period relying almost completely on pattern in its composition showing a strong connection with the textile designs which formed the mainstay of work for the artists.

Made to last
This is a hand-finished, museum-quality archival print made using materials which will last for many years. It is printed in archival quality pigment inks on Somerset Velvet 255gsm acid free paper reproducing the original work. This heavyweight mould-made paper won’t yellow or degrade like inferior products. Our prints will stay true, bright and beautiful for years.

About giclée
The giclée process is ‘the best kind of fine art print available today’ and uses precision digital technology. Favoured by leading international museums and fine artists for superb detail and quality of reproduction with rich saturated colour. These prints are often mistaken for originals.

As with any work of art we recommend displaying your print away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.

Available unframed in a choice of two sizes

A4 sheet print sizes
Overall size: 297mm W x 210mm H.
Size of printed image: 287mm W x 200mm H.
A3 sheet print sizes
Overall size: 420mm W x 297mm H.
Size of printed image: 410mm W x 287mm H.

There are proportional white margins all round both sheet sizes to allow for framing.

Available ready framed too

Buy Sailing Ships ready framed. Great for instant display or if you'd like to send a stunning gift.

Your print will be sent in a smart black frame and professionally sealed on the reverse.
The frame is polymer crystal-glazed fibreboard and includes a built in stand for table top use and also a loop for wall hanging.

Add 'Framed A4 print' to your order.
Frame sizes: 240 x 330mm x 15mm

Sailing Ships

Sailing Ships framed

Packed for protection with fast dispatch
Your print will be sent wrapped in protective packaging and dispatched quickly.
If you are in a hurry feel free to drop us a line to check on special express shipping options before ordering.

All materials are recyclable and come from environmentally responsible sources.


Print type

Framed A4 print, Unframed A3 print, Unframed A4 print

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