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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Textile design: purple triangles

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“. Mackintosh’s textiles designs stylistically fall into two broad categories, the organic and the geometric, or else a combination of the two. Vivid geometric designs such […]

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