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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Francis Newbery 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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Botanical drawing: “Rosemary” 1915

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 […]

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Botanical drawing: “Petunia, Walberswick” 1914

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 […]

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Botanical drawing: “Larkspur” August 1914

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 […]

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Botanical drawing: Japanese Witch Hazel” 1915

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 […]

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Mackintosh In Walberswick 1914 / 1915

Walberswick is one of the most easterly communities in England clinging to the North Sea coast 30 miles north of Ipswich and 15 miles south of Lowestoft. It lies on the south bank of the River Blyth opposite Southwold, historically an altogether more prosperous town.  At the start of the 19thC the village consisted of […]

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh at Glebe Place, Chelsea, London

It seems ironic that Charles Rennie Mackintosh should have to leave the relative peace and calm of the beautiful coastal town of Walberswick in Suffolk to go to war-ravaged London in order to find some inner tranquillity and respite from persecution. In 1901 Mackintosh became a partner in the Glasgow architectural practice of John Honeyman […]

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