This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“.

The tulip is the commonly attributed source for this design, but the plant is so abstracted that it could as easily be a reference to the plant honesty, or a closed flower bud. Mackintosh explored this theme in a number of designs, experimenting with other variations in detailing and colour schemes.

Mackintosh turned to commercial textile design during the years he and Margaret Macdonald spent in London. They rank among the most progressive designs of the period in Britain.

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Textile design: stylised tulips

CRE MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)

pencil and watercolour on brown tracing paper 39.5 x 28.6
Catalogue number: 41493

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