Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four
February 8, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four – a lecture by Anne Anderson
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is now regarded as Britain’s greatest architect but it is well known that his potential was never fully realised during his lifetime and he ended his days in obscurity. The role played by his wife, Margaret Macdonald, and his collaborators, Francis Macdonald and Herbert MacNair has also been obscured. At the time Mackintosh claimed that while he was talented his wife was a genius. Margaret certainly played an important part in the creation of those wonderful white interiors designed for Vienna in 1900 and Turin 1902. It was Margaret who was largely responsible for the decoration of the furniture; beautiful beaten pewter panels with distinctive ‘spooky ladies’. The Macdonald girls, who drew on Japanese works of art, the English Arts and Crafts movement and the graphics of Aubrey Beardsley, helped to create the Glasgow style. This lecture explores the Four’s work in Glasgow, namely the Glasgow School of Art, Hill House, Helensborough, and Miss Cranston’s Willow Tea Rooms, concluding with Derngate, Northampton, Mackintosh’s only major commission in England.