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Artist's scrapbook belonging to J Mylne

  • DC 014
  • Collection
  • c1807-1886

Scrapbook with 218 pages containing works by

  • John Wilson Ewbank (1)
  • J. Finnie (1)
  • Rev. John Thomson of Duddingston (1)
  • Archibald Alison (1)
  • I.M. Donald (14)
  • G. Huntly Gordon (1)
  • John Crawford Brown (5)
  • Robert Maxwell Cooper (19)
  • W. Gordon (2)
  • Andrew MacLure (2)
  • William D. K. Mason (8)
  • and J. Mylne

A list of all entries in the scrapbook, giving the page number:

  • Inside cover bookplate's message: Robb, Glasgow J. Mylne
  • Frontispiece
  • P.1 (i) Tib M'Cauly's Yae Son by Stumps with illustrations [ink, with decorative sketches]
  • P.2 (i-v) Printed etchings, possibly of scenes from novels and decorative vases
  • P.3 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) A street scene - shows ruined houses (ii) Rural scene - two men by a tower
  • P.5 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) A street scene, shows houses (poss. continental) (ii) Coastal scene with sea and sky
  • P.7 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Rural scene - lane with houses (ii) Maritime scene - fishing boats on beach with hills behind
  • P.9 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Church/abbey (ii) River valley with fisherman
  • P.11 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Fishing boat by harbour (poss. Egyptian) (ii) Woodland, name on back -G. Gower/Gowie
  • P.12 (i) Print of etching, entitled George Cruickshank (ii) Watercolour of Mediterranean scene (i-iv) Cuttings from papers and magazines
  • P.13 (v) Pencil drawing of cottage and ruined tower, signed R. Leslie (vi-vii) Cuttings of etchings
  • P.15 (i-iii) Copies of etchings, including animals, a ruined cathedral and the doorway to the Hall of Eltham Palace
  • P.17 (i) Watercolour of woodland and castle
  • P.19 (i) Ink sketch of three figures, initialed IMD for JMD] (ii) Pencil sketch of buildings & square, initialed WDKM (iii) Pencil sketch of forest and cottage, initialed RMC
  • P.20 (i) Watercolour sketch of head, initialed RMC
  • P.21 (i) Pencil sketch, with slight watercolour, initialed RMC (ii) Watercolour of seascape (on reverse - pencil drawing of a hand holding a rod)
  • P.23 (i) Pencil drawings of figures & heads, given as R.M. Cooper (ii) Watercolour, entitled Lakes of Scotland, signed J. Stenning/ Staining/Sterning [?]
  • P.25 (i) Watercolour and pastels of boat on river, with bridge, unsigned
  • P.27 (i) Prints of crests and coats of arms, D. Gavin, 18 North Bridge (ii) Print of an engraving of Benjamin Franklin, by T. Wright
  • P.29 (i) Pencil sketch of decorative scroll and outline of face (ii) Cuttings from papers and magazines (iii) Print of engraving of Capt. James Cook by T. Wright
  • P.31 (i) Print of engraving (ii) Print of engraving/etching of battle preparation (iii) Watercolour of urn initialed RMC [Bob Cooper written beside]
  • P.33 Watercolour of woman and child, initialed RMC [Also written - 17 Sannay 18..]
  • P.35 (i-v) Prints of engravings and drawings, including stylised figures of animals for scrolls
  • P.37 (i) Pencil sketch of landscape (ii-iv) Prints
  • P.39 (i) Watercolour of boat at sea, signed H. Brolanski [?] (ii) Print (iii) Pencil sketch, entitled Near Bothwell, unsigned
  • P.41 (i-v) Prints (vi) Pencil sketch of river scene, initialed IMD for JMD]
  • P.43 (i) Watercolour of a town, signed W. Gordon (ii) Print (iii) Watercolour of an urn, initialed RMC
  • P.45 (i) Watercolour of head of a man
  • P.47 (i) Print (ii) Watercolour, entitled The Keep, Avon Water, initialed IMD
  • P.49 (i) Sketch, with watercolour wash, signed Adamo Sveicart (ii) Pencil sketch, with light watercolour, initialed RMC
  • P.51 (i-ii) Prints, (i) -Melrose Abbey (iii) Watercolour of head of a man, initialed IMD
  • P.53 (i) Pencil sketch of head of D. White, by RM Cooper [note by side -David White was a Manufacturer, Princes Square, Buchanan St., Glasgow, c.1842] (ii) Pencil sketch Elskie Elshender, the Black Dwarf's Cottage initialed by IMD (iii) Pencil sketch of a river bank, initialed IMD
  • P.55 (i) Watercolour head initialed J. ME (ii) Watercolour of a studio/attic. Written underneath is "W. Gordon" and "Probably W.D.K. Mason" (iii) Print
  • P.57 (i) Watercolour of two figures, coat of arms and a garden, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil sketch, Near Govan signed J.C. Brown
  • P.59 (i) Watercolour and ink sketch of a town on a riverbank, signed Mason [?] (ii) Pencil and Pastel sketch of soldier in a helmet, signed R. Leslie
  • P.61 (i) Ink sketch, Trossachs (sic), initialed JC.B. (ii) Pencil sketch of a child, initialed RMC (iii) Pencil sketch of a man, signed A. Maclure [note at side - Andrew Maclure & Maclure & Macdonald] (iv) Pencil and watercolour sketch of male figure holding a book, Hutcheson's Hospital, initialed RMC
  • P.62 (i) Pencil sketch of woman, initialed RMC
  • P.63 (i) Pencil sketch of woman, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil and ink sketch of woman, initialed RMC [Written in bottom right corner - 1838 & 1835, Neil/Nell McDougall] (iii) Pencil sketch of man in a room, initialed RMC
  • P.64 (i) Letter to James Robb, Bank of Scotland, Cross Branch, Glasgow From Daniel Marshall [?], 6 Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh, 28 February 1880
  • Transcript
    dear Sir

I have just returned from London where I have been for a few days, else I should have answered your kind letter sooner. I shall be very happy to receive the balance which you tell me is in your hands, of the sum subscribed for the portrait of Bailie Moir [?] which I painted. I know there was some difficulty in getting up the money at last. Horatio McCulloch was my very intimate friend and I knew R.M., Cooper and Bill Mason and I.M. Donald, very well. Mason was a nephew of the Kembles, his mother being a sister of the great Mrs Siddons. He was a grand heavy looking fellow, but unfortunately took to the bottle and went to the D 1. The last time I saw him was in Tottenham Court road standing against a lampost haranguing a lot of little boys who were evidently bent on mischievous fun with the drunk man, but were awed by the grand Caricature [?] like style of poor Bill. I believe he is dead long ago.

I should very much like to see the Scrap books, and also the portrait of Allan Ramsay, is it Ramsay the father -the Pact [?] s Ramsay the son, the portrait painting.

The first time I'm in Glasgow I'll endeavour to let you know, and perhaps you will kindly show them to me.
Believe me, very truly yours...

  • P. 65 (i) Pencil and ink sketch, dated 1826, initialed by RMC (ii) Ink sketch of man, signed "Yours Presently WKM" (iii) Ink sketch of a harbour, initialed IMD (iv) Ink sketch of easel, jug and painting, signed "Yours Truly, W Mason"
  • P.66 (i) Pencil sketch of a woman, initialed IMD (ii) Ink sketch of a dog and an easel, written on the easel - "A splendid set of pups, mostly black. I would like to see that picture of Duncan's", signed Thomson *P.67 cntd. (iii) Pencil sketch of draped female figure, initialed IMD (iv) Ink sketch of soldier carrying rifle; inset -head of a man, and other inset - landscape, initialed IMD (v) Pencil sketch of man's head, entitled H Lane - Artiste [?], signed IMD
  • P.68 (i) Press cutting from 1 Sep 1930 - "A Little Scottish Diary -The Painting Parson": -Describes the life of John Thomson of Duddingston, 1778-1840, a landscape painter
  • P.69 (i) Pastel sketch for portrait of a man, initialed IMD (ii) Watercolour of a loch. Written underneath - Mr Thomson, Duddingston
  • P.72 (i) Watercolour of Scottish countryside, signed A. Dunn
  • P.73 (i) Print (ii) Ink sketch of a river valley, initialed J.C.B. (iii) Pencil sketch of Cadzon Forrest, signed J.C. Brown [Note on page - J.C. Brown of Edinburgh]
  • P.77 (i) Watercolour of fisherman, initialed RMC (ii) Print (iii) Pencil sketch of part ruinous building, initialed IM. Noted below - Neidpath Castle (iv) Pencil sketch of 2 men in Scottish costume
  • P.79 (i) Print entitled Chateau de Lismore (i) Pencil sketch with flap on front, initialed IMD (ii) Watercolour of mountainous landscape, signed W. Gordon
  • P.81 (i-ii) Prints of engravings
  • P.83 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch of fox and a pheasant, initialed NMG [?] [On reverse - signed James N. Ewen]
  • P.85 (i-ii) Prints
  • P. 87 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.89 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.91 (i) Print (ii)Rough pencil sketch of a cottage [loose]
  • P.93 (i) Print (ii) Watercolour of a tower
  • P.95 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.97 (i) Print
  • P.99 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch of nude [illegible signature]
  • P.101 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.103 (i & iii) Prints (ii) Watercolour of old man's head
  • P.105 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Watercolour portrait, in profile. Inscribed Littlejohn Pirit [?], 1807
  • P.107 (i) Watercolour of trees
  • P.109 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Pencil diagram of decorative wall panel, with note below: "The above is a slight idea of what I would suggest for the panels. The grey ground just polished and afterwards painted upon. ICH" (iv) Pencil sketch of interior of a room - "Sevastopolis Drawing-room, Bayswater", signed Duncan Murray [loose]. Verso -pencil sketch of panel (v) Pencil sketch of decorative ceiling with doors and chimney noted
  • P.111 (i-iii) Prints
  • P.113 (i) Ink sketch with watercolour wash of seated woman with two children
  • P.115 (i) Pencil sketch of baby sleeping, entitled Mossman Jnr. Note underneath "done in 1840, now John Mossman. Dec 1886 (ii) Watercolour -landscape [possibly Edinburgh], signed, Kelsey [?]
  • P.117 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Pastel/crayon sketch of landscape, signed J. Finnik
  • P.119 (i & iii) Prints (ii) Pencil sketch of a monument, initialed AMcC [annot. A McClure]
  • P.121 (i) Pencil sketch of panels, showing two churches and a donkey (ii) Pencil and crayon sketch of shepherd with sheep
  • P.123 (i) Pencil sketch entitled A View from near Utrecht in Holland, early 1820 (ii) Watercolour of a bridge over a gorge, signed Ewbank [annot. - the late John Ewbank, RSA]
  • P.125 (i) Pencil sketch of a town, entitles Sketch by the author of Hills of Europe, signed Sir A. Alison (ii) Pencil sketch of factories and workmen [note underneath hartist Meetings, Geo. Forrester]
  • P.127 (i) Pencil and pastel sketch of man, entitled Adolphus Keeste by Macpherson
  • P.129 (i) Print
  • P.131 (i) Pencil sketch of battle scene, signed J. Mason (ii) Print
  • P.133 (i) Watercolour of woman's head, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil sketch of column, with male figure (iii) Watercolour of boats on a river, passing under a bridge, signed W. Gordon
  • P.135 (i) Pencil sketch of mythical scene
  • P.137 (i) Pencil sketch of street scene [noted above - College Open, High St., Glasgow]
  • P.139 (i) Print of Robert Bums, d.1859 (ii) Pencil sketch of seated nude male, initialed IMD [?]
  • P.141 (i) Pencil sketch of river, with fishermen in foreground
  • P.143 (i) Pencil sketch of cottage with cow in foreground, initialed RMC [?]
  • P.144 (i) Watercolour entitled Loch Long, signed J.C. Brown
  • P.147 (i & ii) Pencil drawings of leaves. Noted underneath freehand "Design, John Milne, St. Enoch's School 1854"
  • P.149 (i) Pencil sketch of forest glade, with a deer in centre
  • P.151 (i) Watercolour of village with castle
  • P.153 (i) Watercolour of ruined tower. Numbered 1322, initialed GG, 1823
  • P.155 (i) Watercolour of Loch Tay
  • P.157 (i)Watercolour of figures, signed WDK Mason
  • P.158 (i) Print
  • P.159 (i) Pencil and ink sketch entitled South east side of Dumbarton castle looking up the Clyde, signed RM Cooper
  • P.160 (i) Watercolour entitled Castle Carrick, Loch Long, 182..
  • P.163 (i) Watercolour of building in forest, entitled at Woodside
  • P.165 (i) Print of Sir Robert Peel P.166 P.169
  • P.166 (i) Pastel and Pencil sketch of hillside
  • P.169 (i)Watercolour/crayon [?] of bridge, initialed GG, 1813. Noted by side - G. Gordon, Partick Bridge, erected by Crawford
  • P.171 (i) Pencil sketch of woodland glade, signed RM Cooper
  • P.173 (i) Print
  • P.177 (i) Print
  • P.179 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch od a landscape, initialed WDKM
  • P.181 (i) Print
  • P.182 (i) Pencil sketch of cottage (ii) Print
  • P.184 (i) Print
  • P.191 (i) Tracing of moulding showing floral and leaf design [loose]
  • P.195 (i) Pencil sketch of Egyptian Mummy Case with details of colours, design, etc. [loose]
  • P.197 (i) Watercolour of landscape
  • P.199 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.201 (i) Print
  • P.203 (i) Print
  • P.205 (i) Pencil sketch of house and gardens entitled Burnside.. Verso ketch of mill [possibly child's drawing] [Loose]
  • P.207 (i) Watercolour of flowers. Verson - "JJ Milne from his father, 1852 [Loose]
  • P.208 (i) Pencil sketch of man, signed J. Milne, 1833. Also written - Jas. Milne, 1833
  • P.209 (i) Pencil sketch (as above), signed John Mylne, 1857
  • P.211 (i) Writing Paper from Somerset House, with decorative print of Somerset House, d. 1 June1842 [Loose] (ii) Pencil drawing of flower [tulip?], signed James McLachlan, 1 Mar 1853 [Loose]
  • P. 212 (i) Watercolour landscape, entitled 28 Sept, Ochils, 1854 [?]. Written below - G. Gordon
  • P.214 (i) Watercolour landscape. Written below - W. Jordon
  • Loose at Back - (i) Trace for etching (ii) Pencil sketch of cottages entitled No.5 Free Sketch, signed JH Mylne, 1865 (iii) Pencil and pastel sketch of large building (chateau-like) with statues on roof, signed JH Mylne, 1864
  • Back leaf (i) Pencil and crayon drawing of Biblical scene [?], signed Jai/Jas/Jac Pynas/Binas [?]

Mylne, J

Records relating to Dugald Cameron

  • DC 091
  • Collection
  • c1960-2013

This collection comprises predominantly student work undertaken by Dugald Cameron whilst studying at The Glasgow School of Art between 1957-1963.

In addition it contains the following publications:

  • Dugald Cameron Industrial Designer
  • No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force
  • From the Karoo to the Kelvin
  • Personal Passions (exhibition catalogue)

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Cameron, Dugald

'Grammar of Ornament' study

A study and copy of images from the book 'Grammar of Ornament', by Owen Jones, published by Bernard Quaritch. Two colour drawings and some hand written text discussing Egyptian ornament and decoration.

Cameron, Dugald

Art and design work by Rose Valentine

  • DC 113
  • Fonds
  • c1915
  • 3 x decorated leather bags
  • 1 x embossed leather sample
  • 1 decorated leather folder
  • 1 x copy of Le Cuir Compositions Décoratives by Jehan Raymond
  • 6 x oil paintings
  • 2 x embroidered pieces relating to Educational Needlecraft scheme: 1 mat with running stitch border and 1 drawstring bag with running stitch border
  • 1 x embroidered pin cushion
  • 1 x embroidered cloth bag with wooden clasp
  • 1 x square Glasgow Style embroidery (possibly the front of a cushion cover)
  • 1 x sachet decorated with embroidered flowers
  • 1 x embroidered square mat

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Valentine, Rose

Mackintosh Art, Design and Architecture Collection

  • MC
  • Collection
  • c1891-2018

Items in The Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh collection include: furniture, watercolours, drawings, architectural drawings, design drawings, sketchbooks, metalwork and photographs.

Mackintosh studied evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art between 1883-1894, winning numerous student prizes and competitions including the prestigious Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship in 1890. Mackintosh and his contemporaries also produced four volumes of a publication called "The Magazine" during their time as students, which included examples of their writing and artworks. GSA Archives and Collections hold Mackintosh's Italian Sketchbook, as well as all four volumes of The Magazine, all of which can be browsed on our catalogue.

The majority of Mackintosh's three-dimensional work was created with the help of a small number of patrons within a short period of intense activity between 1896 and 1910. Francis Newbery was headmaster of The Glasgow School of Art during this time and was supportive of Mackintosh's ultimately successful bid to design a new art school building in 1896 - his most prestigious undertaking. For Miss Kate Cranston he designed a series of Glasgow tearoom interiors and for the businessmen William Davidson and Walter Blackie, he was commissioned to design large private houses, 'Windyhill' in Kilmacolm and 'The Hill House' in Helensburgh. In Europe, the originality of Mackintosh's style was quickly appreciated and in 1900 he was invited to participate at the 8th Vienna Secession.

In 1902 Mackintosh was invited to participate at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art in Turin and later at exhibitions in Moscow and Berlin. Despite this success Mackintosh's work met with considerable indifference at home. Few private clients were sufficiently sympathetic to want his 'total design' of house and interior and he was incapable of compromise.

By 1914 Mackintosh had despaired of ever receiving true recognition in Glasgow and together with his wife Margaret Macdonald he moved, temporarily, to Walberswick on the Suffolk Coastline (in England), where he painted many fine flower studies in watercolour. In 1915 the Mackintoshes settled in London and for the next few years Mackintosh attempted to resume practice as an architect and designer. The designs he produced at this time for textiles, for the 'Dug-out' Tea Room in Glasgow and the dramatic interiors for 78 Derngate in Northampton, England show him working in a bold new style of decoration, using primary colours and geometric motifs.

In 1923 the Mackintoshes left London for the South of France, finally living in Port Vendres where Mackintosh gave up all thoughts of architecture and design and devoted himself entirely to painting landscapes. He died in London, of cancer, on 10 December 1928.

The majority of Mackintosh's design work, (including furniture and metalwork), architectural drawings, textile designs and watercolours are in the possession of three public collections - The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Museums, and the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow - although significant (individual) pieces can be found in museums across the UK and Europe, North America and Japan. However, some of Mackintosh's most important, symbolist watercolours from the early to mid-1890s are to be found in the collection of The Glasgow School of Art.

The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections hold a large number of items by Mackintosh, giving us one of the largest collections of his work held in public ownership. We continue to investigate new routes of engagement for the collection. For example, our Mac(k)cessibility project in conjunction with GSA’s School of Simulation and Visualisation explores digital display and loans of our Mackintosh furniture. Find out more about the Mac(k)cessibility project here.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

The Magazine

There are 4 known surviving volumes: The Magazine 1893 The Magazine April 1894 The Magazine November 1894 The Magazine 1896 The Magazine was a publication of original writings and designs by students from the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, and their friends. Appearing in 4 volumes between November 1893 and Spring 1896, The Magazine contains text from contributors handwritten by Lucy Raeburn, editor, accompanied by original illustrations. These volumes are the only known copies of The Magazine. In addition to rare, early watercolours and designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the volumes contain early designs by Frances MacDonald and Margaret MacDonald, at a stage in their development which has been labelled 'Spook School', and two sets of photographs by James Craig Annan, when he was beginning to establish a reputation at home and abroad. Among other contibutors were Janet Aitken, Katherine Cameron, Agnes Raeburn and Jessie Keppie, all of whom enjoyed lengthy careers in art and design. The Magazine is similar to an album amicorum such as those which originated in the middle of the 16th century among German university students, who collected autographs of their friends and notable persons, sometimes adding coats of arms and illustrations. The Magazine resembled the album amicorum in that contributions were by a close group of students and their friends and is all the more interesting because the illustrations were produced by young people who had a common social background, were trained at the same school, and subjected to the same artistic influences. the contributors were closely linked, some by family, some by romantic attachments and had close social connections. Other contributors include C Kelpie, John M Wilson, Jane Keppie, and Ethel M Goodrich. Source: Jude Burkhauser, Glasgow Girls: women in art and design (Edinburgh : Canongate, 1990) The Magazine has been digitised in its entirety, and is available to search and browse at www.gsathemagazine.net/

Raeburn, Lucy

A Pond

Bound in the November 1894 edition of 'The Magazine'. "It must have been something like this watercolour.... that evoked the 'critics from foreign parts' (as reported by Gleeson White in The Studio, pp88-9) to deduce 'the personality of the Misses MacDonald from their works' and see them as 'middle-ages sisters, flat footed, with projecting teeth and long past matrimony... gaunt, unlovely females'. Gleeson White who visited Glasgow to see the Mackintosh group was pleasantly surprised to meet two laughing comely girls scarce out of their teens." (MacLaren Young).

MacNair, Frances Macdonald

Leaf of Gold

In 1896 McNair held his first one-man show, an exhibition of pastels at the Gutekunst Gallery, London. Twenty-one works, including this, were displayed in distinctive dark-stained wood frames. McNair had clearly drawn inspiration from Whistler’s exhibition installations, even down to the typesetting of the catalogue. The entry for this work explained, ‘The Fairy is guarding the Leaf of Love from the Witch of Evil who has robbed the Tree of Life of all its other leaves.’

MacNair, James Herbert

Fairies

Mackintosh's style here is the closest he came to that of Margaret and Frances Macdonald, but his figures are always more substantial and the subject matter less whimsical than theirs.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

White Roses

The wavy pattern in the background is very similar to some of the most abstract designs for textiles for which Mackintosh was producing at this time.' (Roger Billcliffe).

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

The Village, Worth Matravers

In July Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald spent a holiday in Dorset re-visiting many of the place he had visited in 1895. 'In 'The Village' and 'The Downs' Mackintosh makes his first conscious moves towards his mature style of the Port Vendres period. He is obviously concerned with the pattern of the landscape, picking out features like the stepped hillside, the stone walls, paths and roofs of village houses. These ordinary motifs are given an eerie emphasis by being painted in an equally detailed manner whether they are in the foreground of the the distance... it was probably at this time... that he decided to concentrate more and more on painting. By 1923 he had decided to forsake architecture and design and devote the rest of his life to producing watercolours.' (Roger Billcliffe).

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

The Downs, Worth Matravers

'As in 'The Village' there are no figures in this view of the Dorset countryside. This absolute lack of human activity gives Mackintosh's pictures an air of eerie, even surreal, desertion. They are formal landscapes... the most dominant feature in this work is the tall telegraph pole, a formal and unnatural element in this gentle Dorset landscape.' (Roger Billcliffe).

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

The Descent of Night

Appears in The Magazine, April 1894. 'The central figure is based upon that used in the 1893 design for a diploma for the GSA and like that in 'The Harvest Moon', has wings like an angel. Here, however, she appears naked and her outstretched arms and hair merge and are transformed into barren tree-like forms. These descend to the horizon behind which the sun is gradually disappearing under the feet of the winged figure. From the bottom of the picture, and directly beneath the sun, rises a flight of menacing birds. They are presumably nocturnal birds of prey and they seem to be flying directly towards the viewers. This is one of Mackintosh's earliest uses of this strange bird, which was to become more stylised and to appear in many different forms, in several media in his oeuvre.' (Roger Billcliffe).

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Cabbages in an Orchard

From The Magazine, April 1894. The long text by Mackintosh which accompanies this watercolour in The Magazine (reproduced in full in Billcliffe's catalogue) suggests that he had already encountered public hostility to his work, possibly even from fellow students, on the grounds of incomprehensibility.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Wall hanging designed for The Dug-Out, Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. The canvas relates to smaller watercolours in the Hunterian collection, formerly thought to be textile designs, and to their painted canvas, 'The Little Hills' by Margaret Macdonald. It is likely that they were intended for 'The Dug-Out', though it is not known whether they were ever installed there. Jessie Newbery recalled in 1933, that 'He (Mackintosh) and his wife spent the winter of 1914 painting two large decorations for Miss Cranston'. This would have been in Suffolk, after they had left Glasgow. Although The Dug-Out was not created till 1917-18 it is not unlikely that Miss Cranston was considering the project some years earlier. The canvas was found in the GSA in a single roll in 1981 and was cleaned and mounted on two stretchers.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Wall hanging designed for The Dug-Out, Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. The canvas relates to smaller watercolours in the Hunterian collection, formerly thought to be textile designs, and to their painted canvas, 'The Little Hills' by Margaret Macdonald. It is likely that they were intended for 'The Dug-Out', though it is not known whether they were ever installed there. Jessie Newbery recalled in 1933, that 'He (Mackintosh) and his wife spent the winter of 1914 painting two large decorations for Miss Cranston'. This would have been in Suffolk, after they had left Glasgow. Although The Dug-Out was not created till 1917-18 it is not unlikely that Miss Cranston was considering the project some years earlier. The canvas was found in the GSA in a single roll in 1981 and was cleaned and mounted on two stretchers.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Autumn

Bound in volume, The Magazine, November 1894. 'Behind a stylised tree stands another of Mackintosh's mysterious female figures, but this is the first one to appear that is not meticulously drawn. Only the head is shown in any detail, and the shape of the body is hidden by a voluminous cloak from which not even its limbs appear. This figure was to be repeated many times, becoming more and more stereotyped until, with the banners designed for the Turin Exhibition in 1902, the head is the only recognisably human part of a figure with a twelve-foot long, pear shaped torso. In 1895-96, Mackintosh was to develop this drawing into a poster for the Scottish Musical Review (Howarth, p1, 9F). The same cloaked figure appears with similar formal emblems at the ends of the branches of the bush.' (Roger Billcliffe).

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

The Tree of Personal Effort

From The Magazine, Spring 1896. Inscribed: The Tree of Personal Effort, The Sun of Indifference, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, January 1895.' The exact meaning of the symbolism of this work, and its companion, 'The Tree of Influence' has eluded all commentators on Mackintosh's early water-colours. The obvious source of the symbolism is nature, and Mackintosh here reaches his most extreme distortion of organic forms.' (Roger Billcliffe).

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Art, Design and Architecture collection

  • NMC
  • Collection
  • 13th century to early 21st century

Artworks, design pieces and architectural designs related to Glasgow School of Art staff and students.

Items include

  • oil paintings
  • ilk screen prints
  • lithograph prints
  • prints
  • photographs
  • sketches
  • sketch books
  • drawings
  • watercolours
  • collage
  • metalwork, sculpture and ceramics.

Almost all works are by former students and staff or figures related to the history of The Glasgow School of Art. The earliest pieces date from the 16th century and later examples have been purchased from recent Degree Shows. The work is in a variety of media and includes drawings, paintings, prints, sketchbooks, furniture and sculpture. Artists represented include many key figures and the most influential and successful students.

There are also several works from former tutors including Neil Dallas Brown, David Donaldson and Fred Selby, alongside contemporary works by students, donated or purchased at degree show. Key works include those by: Maurice Greiffenhagen, Francis Newbery, John Quinton Pringle, Benno Schotz, Ian Fleming and James D Robertson. Suites of note include large collections of Joan Eardley sketches and paintings, Joan Palmer prints, and architectural drawings by Eugene Bourdon.

Not available / given

The Building Committee of the Board of Governors of The Glasgow School of Art

Portrait group. Inscribed on frame: "Mr. Charles. R. Mackintosh FRIBA The Architect/Col. R.J.Bennett V.D./Mr. David Barclay FRIBA/Sir Francis Powell, LLD, PRSW/Mr. John Munro FRIBA/Mr. Patrick S. Dunn - Convener/Councillor J. Mollison, MINA/ Mr. Hugh Reid DL/ Sir Wm Bilsland, Bart. LLD, DL/Sir John J. Burnet, RSA, FRIBA, LLD/Mr. John Henderson MA/Sir James Fleming - Chairman of Governors/Mr. John M. Groundwater - secretary/ Mr. Francis H. Newbery CAV OFF, INT, SBC, ARCA - Director, pinxit". When Newbery exhibited this group at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1913 it did not include the figure of Mackintosh. In 1914 he painted his large portrait of Mackintosh (collection: Scottish National Portrait Gallery) and his Building Committee portrait group was offered to the Board and accepted. When it was unveiled in 1914 it was seen that he had added Mackintosh's figure, a smaller version of his individual portrait, to the left of the group, and redated the whole canvas 1914. Painting cleaned and relined in 1963 by Mr Harry McLean who discovered the late addition of the figure of Mackintosh.

Newbery, Francis Henry

Portrait of James Craig Annan

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. Portrait of the Glasgow photographer James Craig Annan, 1884-1945. Inscribed on frame: "James Craig Annan 1884-1945 by Francis H. Newbery, Director GSA, 1885-1917".

Newbery, Francis Henry

A Cord, Walberswick

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. The Ferry on the River Blyth, Walberswick, Suffolk. The subject is the ferry at Walberswick in Suffolk where Newbery and his family spent many holidays.

Newbery, Francis Henry

Corfe Castle, Dorset

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. Corfe Castle, viewed from Corfe Castle Parish Church tower. Verso: To my friends Mary and Allan D. Mainds/ Corfe Castle Dorset/ A Souvenir from the Artists/ 1919.

Newbery, Francis Henry

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