New Ways

Apparently Bassett-Lowke would have liked Mackintosh to have designed his new house, but lost contact with him when he moved to the South of France. It took some time to find a suitable alternative architect but after reading about Peter Behrens’ work in the German magazine ‘Werkbund Jahrbuch’, Bassett-Lowke decided to ask him to design […]

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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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The Chelsea Years – Pamela Robertson

Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Professor of Mackintosh Studies and an internationally recognised authority on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, gave an evening talk in December 2007 to Friends and Volunteers of 78 Derngate. Her talk, which was very well attended and much enjoyed, concentrated on the […]

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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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Isle of Man

On the 28 April we went to the Isle of Man on the trail of the Bassett-Lowke furniture. During the First World War Bassett-Lowke had a large amount of furniture made for 78 Derngate by the internees at Knockaloe Camp. The Isle of Man was used as a base for Alien Civilian Internment camps in […]

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Book Covers

For a time there was a belief that the cover on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th editions of W. J.Bassett Lowke’s The Model Railway Handbook was designed by Mackintosh. There are copies of the Handbooks here at 78 Derngate and a copy of the book was displayed and attributed to Mackintosh at the 2006 […]

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7 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6

It was on a late summer day that Dr. Sylvia Pinches and myself were invited to 7 Hammersmith Terrace, which is only a little way down river from Morris’ Kelmscott House, to visit this Georgian property not that dissimilar in size to 78. Its real importance is its association with the Arts and Crafts Movement. […]

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Rediscovered

Some of the Friends may have been alerted to the news in July that an amazing mural by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (CRM) that was thought to have been lost was re-discovered in Dysart Kirk, near Kirkcaldy, Fife, and the wall wasn’t just a whitewash. The mural was painted in 1901 mostly in one of the […]

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Deco – V&A

A viewing of the Art Deco 1910-1939 exhibition at the V & A was a visual delight with a whole range of decorative work that was brought together to reflect what has come under the generic umbrella of Art Deco.   Smoker’s cabinet for 78 Derngate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1916. Image: V&A To my view […]

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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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