Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Chideock, Dorset, Tree, 1895
inscribed 'Chideock./Tree Dorsetshire'; pencil, on buff paper
257 x 204mm.
Mary Newbery Sturrock
Toronto, 1967, no.105; Toronto, 1978, no.86

Lot Essay

Another drawing of Chideock exists in a dismembered sketchbook (collection of Huntarian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow) of which this drawing was once part. It is not clear whether Mackintosh is making a drawing of an actual topiary specimen or whether he is simply formalising the form of some mis-shapen tree. The twisted trunk and dome-like canopy bear a strong resemblance to drawings such as The Tree of Personal Effort and The Tree of Influence (both 1895, both collection of Glasgow School of Art).

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