Happy birthday Mr Mackintosh!

Image courtesy T. & R. Annan & Sons Ltd.

Image courtesy T. & R. Annan & Sons Ltd.

145 years ago today, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born.

A young 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 that allowed him to undertake an architectural tour of Italy.

Detail from Mackintosh's Italian sketchbook from his tour of Italy in 1891

Detail from Mackintosh’s Italian sketchbook from his tour of Italy in 1891

While a student, Mackintosh also worked as an apprentice architect, initially for local architect John Hutchison, and then after 1889 for the architectural practice of Honeyman and Keppie. In 1896 Mackintosh gained the commission to design a new building for the Glasgow School of Art. This was to be his masterwork. Today visitors can undertake a guided tour of GSA’s Mackintosh Building.

Cabbages in an Orchard, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, from The Magazine, April, 1894

Cabbages in an Orchard, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, from The Magazine, April, 1894

The School also houses a collection of pieces by Mackintosh including some 200 items of furniture and 100 works on paper. Our archives also hold material relating to Mackintosh’s student career, including a travel sketchbook from his tour of Italy in 1891, flower sketches, a photograph album of Mackintosh and his friends and The Magazine a four volume publication including work by Mackintosh and his fellow students.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and fellow Glasgow School of Art Students, Herbert McNair, Frances Macdonald, Margaret Macdonald, Agnes Raeburn, Janet Aitken, Katherine Cameron and Jessie Keppie. The album is part of a collection of Jessie Keppie’s papers (DC 004) held at GSA's Archives and Collections.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and fellow Glasgow School of Art Students, Herbert McNair, Frances Macdonald, Margaret Macdonald, Agnes Raeburn, Janet Aitken, Katherine Cameron and Jessie Keppie. The album is part of a collection of Jessie Keppie’s papers (DC 004) held at GSA’s Archives and Collections.

Further information on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s life and work can be found on The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society website.

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GSA Tour Guides visit the ACC

Last night some of the team of GSA tour guides visited the Archives and Collections Centre to explore further research materials to help inform their tours.

The School’s collection includes the student registers where Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who studied at, and subsequently design the school, is listed.

Mackintosh curator Peter Trowles answered many questions on the building plans and construction from the curious tour guides.

The School’s collection holds Mackintosh’s Northern Italian Sketchbook, a digitised version of which can be accessed online here.

The School’s Archivist Susannah Waters discussed the academic and social history of the School and student life throughout the ages.

‘The Magazine’, a student publication by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries at the GSA, in the Archives and Collections Centre. This recently digitised resource can be explore online here

Fore more information about GSA’s award winning tours, visit their website.

Feature in the latest edition of SCA Broadsheet

Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections has been featured in the latest edition of the Scottish Council on Archive’s publication Broadsheet.

Broadsheet A detail from one of the textiles in our collection, “Carnival”, by Molly Booker, 1932 (Ref: NDS 301) is the front cover image, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s watercolour “The Tree of Personal Effort” from GSA student publication The Magazine, 1895, is shown alongside the feature in which GSA Archivist Susannah Waters discusses our collections and the projects and workshops we’ve been involved in.

To view the article click here: broadsheet—issue-23

For more information about the Scottish Council on Archives visit their website.

Digital makeover for celebrated Glasgow artists

GSA The MagazineA newly launched website – http://www.gsathemagazine.net/ (made possible with Recognition funding from Museums Galleries Scotland) has replicated the unique GSA Magazine as an important on-line resource. This four-volume work documents the collaboration of various students and artists associated with the Glasgow School of Art during the mid-1890s. The GSA Magazine contains watercolours, pen and ink drawings and early photographs, together with poetry and prose and includes significant designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald, amongst others.