Roger Billcliffe, author and former Chairman of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, has long believed that Mackintosh was not the leader of the new style that grew up in Glasgow, specifically at Glasgow School of Art, in the 1890s. Although The Harvest Moon and his early decorative works were innovative, it was the Macdonald sisters, particularly the younger Frances, who led the way in turning these ideas into a new style. Mackintosh’s public career, however, both in Glasgow as an architect and in Europe as a designer, focussed attention on him and his later achievements and led to him being seen as the ‘leader’ of the group, particularly in Europe.
The Four – the name given by their student friends to Margaret and Frances Macdonald, Herbert MacNair and Charles Rennie Mackintosh – have never been the subject of a wide-ranging critical study. Roger will present an illustrated talk discussing the work of The Four and the issues raised in his book. There will be background information about how the book developed and a chance to talk with Roger about his ideas.
As we go to press we are negotiating with the publishers to get copies of Roger’s book for sale on the day. To gauge numbers required please tick the box on the form if you wish to purchase it; we understand we should be able to offer it to CRMS members at the discounted price of £35.
As last year, there will not be a CRMS Shop. We suggest you look at the following online shops: CRM Society at Queen’s Cross, Glasgow Museums, Hunterian and Kelvingrove Art Galleries, and Willow Tearooms for a wide range of CRM related jewellery, gifts, calendars, cards etc. Lomond Books sells Mackintosh related books and Colin Baxter publishes calendars. We will be holding a raffle to raise money for CRMS.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before the lecture. We will not be arranging a lunch this year but will continue to serve wine and nibbles after the lecture, although we will only have white wine as with The Gallery’s refurbishment we have been asked not to serve red wine in case of spillages on the carpet.
Venue: The Gallery, situated at the rear of Alan Baxter Associates at 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL, is just five minutes walk up Cowcross Street from Farringdon Station (Underground and First Capital Connect). There are steps down into The Gallery but lift access can be arranged.
Saturday, 2 December 2017, 10:30 am for 11:00 am
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of The Four
by Roger Billcliffe
Tickets: Pre-booked CRMS Members £10.00; Guests £12.00.
Seasonal refreshments including wine and nibbles are included in ticket price.
Booking to be received by 20 November, 2017
We have been beset with illness issues this year and so have not been able to set up a new group of volunteers to take over as we did twelve years ago. However, as promised we are running the one lecture a year. If you feel like helping out with organising more lectures/events during 2018 please contact John Barter on 01255 852993, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not try to contact us on the old Email address; this has been cancelled due to a serious hacking problem.
Exhibitions of Interest
Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement at Blackwell, Bowness on Windermere, until 1 January 2018, 10.30am – 4pm. This exhibition recognises works by women artists whose contributions have often been overlooked, or wrongly attributed in favour of a more prominent male family member, and includes pieces by Margaret and Frances Macdonald, other Glasgow girls and also May Morris.
May Morris Art & Life at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, until 28 January 2018. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm; free. This landmark exhibition explores the life and work of May Morris, the younger daughter of William Morris and one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement. This is the most comprehensive survey of May’s work to date, bringing together over 80 works from collections around the UK, many of which have never been on public display.
Reflections – Van Eyck & The Pre-Raphaelites at The National Gallery, until 2 April, 2018. Discover how van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting. Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, the Arnolfini Portrait informed the Pre-Raphaelites’ belief in empirical observation, their ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, and the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning. The exhibition will bring together for the first time this portrait’ with paintings from the Tate collection and loans from other museums, to explore the ways in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829–1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910), among others, were influenced by the painting in their work.
Lecture Venue: The Gallery, situated at the rear of Alan Baxter Associates at 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL, is just five minutes walk up Cowcross Street from Farringdon Station (Underground and First Capital Connect). There are steps down into The Gallery but lift access can be arranged.
To comply with building security requirements entry is by ticket only.
Tickets will be issued the week before the event.
Refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Please return the attached Booking Form together with your remittance made payable to CRM L&SE Events and stamped self-addressed envelope for your lecture ticket to the address below by 20 November, 2017. Alternatively, if you would like to receive your ticket/confirmation of booking by Email please indicate this on the booking form and make sure your Email address is written clearly to ensure successful delivery.
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