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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Victorian Notables: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

I had the opportunity to my new neighbor, Miss Eggberta Echegray, about a number of topics in (my new) neighborhood, when the subject turned her domicile, the Willow Team room. I must admit, I am quite a fan of both Art Nouveau and Art Deco, but apparently there was a “hole” in my knowledge of the field, as I was unfamiliar with the artist she based her abode design, and asked her about it.

Example of his art, made into a stained glass window

“Charles Rennie Mackintosh!” was her response. In return, I gave her a blank look, being unfamiliar with the gentleman. After my ham-fisted attempts to change the topic (to hide my obvious ignorance), I proceeded to the font of knowledge known as the internet, to allay this situation.

More examples of his glasswork

Mr. Mackintosh was a premier Scottish architect, designer, and watercolorist, who was active in the both the “Arts and Crafts” and “Art Nouveau” movements of the late 19th century. His works valued “restraint of economy” (via Wiki), and had a sublime influence from the Japonaise school, as the nation of the Rising Sun began to open its doors to the rest of the world.

The RL Willow Tearoom

Inside the RL Willow Tearoom – with hot tea and and enjoyable atmosphere

He had a storied but short career, and although his work is considered one of the foundations of “moderisme”, his artistic ability established what was know as the “Glassglow” style, influencing the emerging Viennese Art Nouveau movement of “Sezessionstil” (again, Wiki)

Miss Echegray’s SL Willow Tearoom, New Babbage

If you wish to read further into one of the most influential founders of what was eventually known as “Art Nouveau”, please visit the following sites

The unique font associated with CRM’s work

The RL Tea Room

Miss Echegray relaxing at the Willow Tearoom

and of course, Miss Echegrays blog



ah!! The Willow Tearoom. When I was in Glasgow this year I visited the Willow Tearoom by Mackintosh. It still exists. Downstairs is nowadays a jewellers store but upstairs you will find the tearoom still in use. Besides the fact we had great tea, scones, and sandwiches and the staff was dressed in art deco style, in the second floor you will find the actual typical Mackintosh chairs and tables. It’s not in use officially but the original designs are there. If you ever visit Glasgow, please do visit the Glasgow School of Art. The building itself was designed by Mackintosh. In its day (1897) it was a very new, modern and special design, nowadays it is still in use as At School. When you are there please do take a tour with one of the students who can tell you all about the great design. And of course I will visit the Willow Tearoom in SL soon!!
Greets Eppie Hock

Dr. Rafael Fabre

Madam – I am jealous (lol)! After researching Mr. Mackintosh’s work, I was amazed at a) how beautiful and influential it was and b) how little known (or at least attributed – in my sheltered world) his work is. I did see (via google) the Glasgow School of art, and was particularly impressed with the glasswork in the Glasgow Cathedral’s stained glass windows. With luck, more SL designers will begin to lean towards classic architects, such as Mr. Mackintosh, Mr. Victor Horta, and Mr. Van de Veld, and away from “Mr. Generic box”. [One can only imagine a skilled SL genius making a Gaudi rendition…!]


Hello there. I am using the image that you place here as a reference on a personal work. Now I have tried to figure out where this stained glass window is placed. The building. It isn’t at The RL Willow Tearoom, right? Any tip?

Thanks you a lot.

Sans Pantaloons

The stained glass is the work of Andrea Bertone.

I believe she is in Austin Texas, therefore I can only assume that is where the window is.

Hope this helps.