Francis Henry Newbery: 1855 – 1946

(Relating to a recent exhibition and associated events in Dorset in April/May 2008) Fra Newbery was a leading figure in British art and design in the twenty years around 1900. As Director of Glasgow School of Art from 1885 to 1918, he made the school one of the major art training institutions in the world. […]

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Found in Translation: Mackintosh, Muthesius, and Japan

Neil Jackson Abstract The theme of this paper is the presence of the Japanese influence in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and, in particular, the Glasgow School of Art. This has often been observed but never satisfactorily explained. Rather than simply listing the evidence, this paper investigates the relationship between him and Hermann Muthesius […]

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Francis Newberry in Dorset

An Easter visit to Dorset for me, my wife Dianne and some friends, John and Hazel, included some planned activities of walking and a creative response to the visual richness of the coast line. The creative bit was for three of us. John, Hazel’s husband, is a semi-retired accountant and it was his luck to […]

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Scotland Street School – Repeat Design

It has been previously acknowledged that the stepped fire surround in the hall-lounge of 78 bears a striking resemblance to the decoration over the door in the west facade of the Glasgow School of Art. Closer viewing also shows that the dropped finials or ‘tassels’ in stone above the west door, as well as the […]

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Doors for The Room De Luxe Willow Tea Rooms.

These replicas of the doors for The Room De Luxe at The Willow Tea Rooms featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Mackintosh was employed by Miss Kate Cranston to work on a number of tea rooms. The Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street opened in October 1903 […]

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Design for a Memorial Fireplace, The Dug-Out, Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow

This design, for a Memorial Fireplace at The Dug-Out, Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1917 during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Image reproduced by kind permission of and is ©The Glasgow School of Art. Clicking on […]

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Design for the Dug-Out, Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow

This design, for the Dug-Out at The Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1917 during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Image reproduced by kind permission of and is ©The Glasgow School of Art. Clicking on the reference […]

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Design for the Dug-Out, Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow

This design, for the Dug-Out at The Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1917 during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Image reproduced by kind permission of and is ©The Glasgow School of Art. Clicking on the reference […]

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Settle for The Dug-Out Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow 1917

This settle features in Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s design for The Dug-Out at The Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow. 1917. It bears strong stylistic similarities for the settle designed by Mackintosh for the Hall Lounge of 78 Derngate in 1916. Notably the lattice work back and the use of the stepped oriental-inspired mouldings. The vivid yellow paint […]

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