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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Italy

With the current restrictions on face-to-face events at Queen’s Cross we are organising a number of online talks throughout 2021.

Tuesday 19 January 2021 | 5pm GMT | via Zoom    Book your Online Free Ticket

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Italy is a new book by George Rawson. In 1890 the 22 year old Charles Rennie Mackintosh won the Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship which enabled young architects to make a three-month tour to study Ancient Classical Architecture. Mackintosh’s chosen tour of Italy is one of the best-documented periods of his career in terms of primary sources as he kept a diary which forms the basis of the book’s narrative. CRM landed at Naples on 5th April 1891 and after a week there and a brief visit to Sicily he worked his way up Italy, ending his tour at Pavia that July. This new book is illustrated with his drawings, sketches, watercolours from the tour as well as contemporary photographs. It includes a full listing of the 200 or so CRM sketches etc. from the tour. The author was librarian at Mackintosh’s lost masterpiece the Glasgow School of Art from 1977 until 2006. Stuart Robertson will be in discussion with Ashley Rawson, George’s son and designer of the book. Unfortunately due to ill health George is not available to attend.