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Italian Sketchbook

This sketchbook consists of 81 pages of sketches made by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his trip to Italy in 1891 funded by his Greek Thomson travelling scholarship prize money. The subjects he sketched are mainly architectural, with the one he felt to be most impressive being labelled 'A Caution'. Each sketch is labelled with the name of the city or town in which it was sketched. In 1890 Mackintosh won the Alexander 'Greek' Thomson Travelling Scholarship with a design for a public hall, which enabled him to take an extensive tour abroad from February to July 1891. He left Glasgow for London on 21 March 1891, sailing from Tilbury on the Thames on 27 March and arriving in Naples on 5 April. He then visited Palermo in Sicily, Rome, Orvieto, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Pistoia, Bologna, Ravenna, Ferrara, Venice, Padua, and Vicenza, arriving in Verona on 10 June 1891. The Sketchbook contains drawings from the later part of Mackintosh's tour, from 10th June, with sketches, mostly of architectural and sculptural details, beginning with Verona. It covers Verona (11-14 June); Mantua (14 June); Cremona (14-15 June); Brescia (16 June); Bergamo (17 June); Lecco (18 June); Cadenabbia and Lake Como (19-25 June); Como (26-27 June); Milan (28 June-6 July); Pavia (7 July-?); Certosa di Pavia (probably several days around 12 July); Paris and Chateau d'Ecouen (late July?); Antwerp (late July? - briefly visited on his return journey). It also contains several pages of designs for the Glasgow Art Club (1892-3) and the Glasgow Herald Building (1893-5). The drawings themselves are almost all pencil sketches, some of which are now quite faint.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Wooden house, Rouen

Page from an unknown journal containing a photograph of a wooden house front in Rue St. André, Rouen, France. The photograph is credited to The Phototype Co., 303, Strand, London. The journal is dated 15 Dec 1888. The page bears the stamp of the Glasgow School of Art Library.

The Phototype Co

Wooden house, Rouen

Perspective drawing of the façade of a 16th century house in Rouen, France. A note states that the frontage is about 17 feet wide, and that the structure was 'removed from original situation and reerected in 1861'. The sketch appears to have been made using a photograph as reference. The drawing bears the stamp of the Glasgow School of Art Library.

McGibbon, Alexander

Wooden house, Rouen

Page from 'The Builder,' 19 Feb 1887, containing an ink drawing of a house front in Rouen, France. The ink drawing is credited to Sprague & Co., based on a sketch by Mr. Arnold B. Mitchell, A.R.I.B.A. The drawing bears the stamp of the Glasgow School of Art Library.

Sprague & Co

The Giusti Plaster Cast Collection

  • GST
  • Collection
  • Late 19th century-mid 20th century

Collection of items related to the Glasgow based firm J. Giusti & Co. which specialized in the production of plaster figures, mould making, statuary repair, and other plaster work. The collection is primarily composed of plaster busts and portraits, six moulds, and two medals. The casts and moulds are formed after a range of sculptural styles including ancient Greek and Roman, French Gothic, Italian Renaissance, and 19th century anatomical studies.

The Giusti Plaster Cast Collection highlights mould making and casting processes that were used to produce objects for retail and to repair existing plaster casts. Records from The Glasgow School of Art document purchases and repairs from J. Giusti & Co. from as early as 1890, and casts related to those in the collection were widely used as teaching and learning tools at the GSA through at least mid-20th century.

As most of the items in the collection were used in commercial casting processes, very few items have a plain white, white washed, or decoratively painted surface that are often observed in plaster cast collections. Many of the plaster casts and all of the plaster moulds are widely covered with uneven layers of shellac that appear yellow, red, or brown. Shellac was applied as a sealant and resist agent to prevent existing plaster elements from sticking to fresh plaster elements during the casting process.

In addition to the plaster casts and plaster moulds, several items provide further insights into the material processes employed by J. Giusti & Co. Two medals (likely bronze) showcase the company's involvement with mould making for metal casting, and a gelatine mould is a surviving example of a traditional process used to produce detailed casts in small quantities.

Proudfoot, Alexander

Plaster cast of fragment with foliage

  • PC/098
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

Symmetrical panel showing curling leaves. Original: Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. Bears "Musée de Sculpture Comparée du Trocadero, Paris, 1910" maker's stamp. Annotated "3.88".

Musée de Sculpture Comparée du Trocadero, Paris

Plaster cast of lion and serpent

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 15th June 2018.

Original: Antoine-Louis Barye (Paris, 1795-1875). Original currently in the collection of the Louvre, Paris, France.

Plaster cast of King and Queen Column (Royal Portal Chartres Cathedral)

  • PC/031
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 15th June 2018.

Original: Also known as the Porte Royale, the West Portal was carved by 1150. The sculptures and reliefs were modelled on those in the triple west portal at St. Denis and at Chartres Cathedral.

Poster for an exhibition of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's work in Pyrénées-Orientales, France

The poster advertised an exhibition showcasing work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh which was held in Port Vendres in the Pyrénées-Orientales in the South of France. On the poster it says "Un Ecossais En Catalogne", which translates as "A Scottish in Catalonia". Featured on the front of the poster is an image of a landscape watercolour of La Rue du Soleil, a piece by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Mackintosh has strong associations with the South of France as he and Margaret MacDonald lived there from 1923 to 1927. The exhibition itself was held in association with the Entente Cordiale and the Glasgow School of Art.

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