Sideboard for 5 The Drive Northampton – auction sale of June 2019

Auction listing by Freeman’s of Philadelphia for the sale by auction of the Sideboard for 5 The Drive Northampton, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Frank Jones in 1919.  Text and image courtesy of Freeman’s Auctions House CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH (SCOTTISH, 1868-1928)  SIDEBOARD FOR F.M. JONES, THE DRIVE, NORTHAMPTON  MADE AT KNOCKALOE CAMP,  ISLE OF […]

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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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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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Mackintosh Bedrooms for Bassett-Lowke

In 1916-17 Mackintosh was involved in recasting 78 Derngate, a somewhat pokey early 19th-century terraced house in Northampton, for an interesting and exacting client, W. J. Bassett-Lowke of model railway fame. Research which I have begun for the 78 Derngate Trust in connection with the Heritage Lottery funded project to restore the house is building […]

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Service at Westminster Abbey to mark the Centenary of The Armistice

On Sunday 11th November 2018 a service to mark the Centenary of The Armistice that ended the First World War hostilities between the Allies and Germany was held at Westminster Abbey. The Department for Digital, Media and Sport invited The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to nominate people to attend the Service. The 78 Derngate Centenary Project […]

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The Twist Family

The following information has been provided about the Twist Family, some members of which lived in central Northampton during The Great War period. WILLIAM HENRY SULLIVAN MM Company Serjeant Major 8277 6th Bn; Northamptonshire Regiment Died on Tuesday 26th September 1916, aged 29. Born at St Edmund’s Road, Northampton. Son of William Sullivan. Husband of Alice Maud […]

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Recreation of wall stencil, 78 Derngate.

This wall stencil was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1920 during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It  was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the re-decoration of the Hall Lounge at 78 Derngate. The design replaced an earlier scheme by Mackintosh implemented in 1916-17. A set of drawings for this stencil scheme are in the RIBA […]

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Design drawing for the Hall Lounge of 78 Derngate

This drawing, in the collection of The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, was produced for W.J. Bassett-Lowke in 1916 whilst the Mackintoshes were living in Chelsea ( note the studio address written at the foot of the drawing ).  It shows in some detail key elements of the decorative scheme for the Hall Lounge of […]

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Furniture: Chair for 78 Derngate

This chair, which entered the collection of  The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in 1970, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate in 1916. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it matches in style and appearance the dark finish and angular forms seen in his interior scheme for the Hall Lounge. The […]

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