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. Designer: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1869-1928. 1905-6. This is the dining room of Mackintosh's home as reconstructed at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow University. Mackintosh’s decorative scheme in muted colours includes wallpaper displaying a combination of a fretwork pattern and an elongated floral motif (the ‘Glasgow rose’), high-backed chairs, and a dresser in a functional, straight-lined style. The view on the right shows the table and fireplace.
According to Alistair Moffat and Colin Baxter, like the dining rooms at Windyhill and Hill House, this one is "a dark-coloured room which directed attention to the dinner table. This would have been laid with silver cultery, sparkling glass, and lit by candles. . . . Mackintosh covered the walls with coarse grey-brown wrapping paper and stencilled them with a rose and lattice motif enlivened by silver-painted dots" (57). Mackintosh originally designed the famous chairs for Miss Cranston's Argyle Street Tea Rooms.
Photographs and caption by Simon Cooke. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]
Billcliff, Roger. Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Complete Furniture, Furniture Designs and Interiors. 1986.
Moffat, Alistair, and Colin Baxter. Remembering Charles Rennie Mackintosh: An Illustrated Biography. Lanark: Colin Baxter Photography, 1989.
Created 9 November 2004;
last modified 22 October 2021