This botanical watercolour was produced by Mackintosh during his stay in Walberswick between 1914 and 1915. It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“.
A number of sketches of Southwold and the surrounding area survive from Mackintosh’s first visit to Suffolk in 1897. In the early 1900s he travelled there again to visit Francis Newbery, Headmaster of Glasgow School of Art and mentor to Mackintosh. On this later extended visit in 1914-15 Mackintosh concentrated on flower drawings and landscape painting. This watercolour shows twigs and opening male catkins of Hazel (Corylus avellana). Hazel is a common undershrub in woodland and hedges.
He also made a number of watercolour studies of the surrounding landscape, developing the themes and style of his Sussex and Kent drawings of 1909 and 1910.
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Watercolour: “Aubretia, Walberswick” 1914
CRE MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
pencil and watercolour on paper 27.8 x 20.7
Catalogue number: 41014