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Drawing
  • Drawing
    Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, born 1868 - died 1928
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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Suffolk (painted)

  • Date:

    1915 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, born 1868 - died 1928 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by James Meldrum

  • Museum number:

    E.842-1968

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a very skilled artist as well as architect. Towards the end of his career he concentrated only on painting. This is one of the studies of flowers Mackintosh sketched during holidays from about 1901. Like his architecture, his drawings are stylised, but they are also accurate, showing the structure of the plant.

The watercolour was painted in Walberswick, Suffolk, which he visited with his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, in 1914. The watercolour bears the initials 'CRM' and 'MMM' - those of both the artsist and his wife. However, it is unlikely that Margaret had a hand in producing the image as Mackintosh would often note the initials of the person who was with him when he was sketching.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing of a Green Hellebore, showing buds and blooms. Inscribed in pencil, within a cartouche, 'Helibore Green. Walberswick. 1915. CRM. MMM'.

Place of Origin

Suffolk (painted)

Date

1915 (painted)

Artist/maker

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, born 1868 - died 1928 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 26.1 cm sheet size, Width: 21 cm sheet size

Historical context note

This watercolour was formerly in the collection of the late William Meldrum, Secretary of the Mackintosh Memorial Exhibition, Glasgow, 1933, father of the donor James Meldrum

Descriptive line

'Green Hellebore', watercolour by C.R. Mackintosh.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Young, Andrew McLaren, Charles Renni Mackitosh, 1868-1928: architecture, design and painting: an exhibition arranged by the Scottish Arts Council in association with the Edinburgh Festival Society . (Scotland, 1968)
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1968 London: HMSO, 1969

Labels and date

WATERCOLOUR: Green Hellebore
1915

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a very skilled artist as well as architect. Towards the end of his career he concentrated only on painting. This is one of the studies of flowers Mackintosh sketched during holidays from about 1901. Like his architecture, his drawings are stylised but accurate, showing the structure of the plant.

Pencil and watercolour
Painted in Walberswick (Suffolk) by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (born in Glasgow, 1868, died in London, 1928)
Inscribed with the initials of the artist and his wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, present when the sketch was made

Given by James Meldrum

Museum no. E.842-1968
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Materials

Paper; Watercolour; Pencil

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Plant; Flower

Categories

Paintings; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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