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“.
In this work, Mackintosh has stylised and abstracted the sweet pea. Organic designs such as this reiterate Mackintosh’s interest in plant forms, illustrated elsewhere during this period in his detailed watercolours of plants and flowers.
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: sweet peas
CRE MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
pencil and watercolour on cream machine made wove paper adhered to thicker wove paper 36.9 x 40.1
Catalogue number: 41343