Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

London, Elevation of Proposed Studio in Glebe Place and Upper Cheyne Walk, 1920
inscribed 'Elevation of C Cheyne house Garden.'; pencil, watercolour, traces of bodycolour, partially squared in pencil
384 x 340mm.
Mary Newbery Sturrock
Toronto, 1967, no.67; Toronto, 1978, no.159

Lot Essay

In 1920 Mackintosh was commissioned by Miss Anita Berry of the Arts League of Service to prepare plans for a block of studio flats for a site in Chelsea bounded by Oakley Street, Glebe Place and Upper Cheyne Walk. In addition he received commissions from Arthur Cadogan Blunt, Harold Squire and Francis Derwent Wood for adjacent studios in Glebe Place. All of those projects were dogged by disputes with the various authorities which had an interest in the new buildings and eventually only Squire's studio was built, to a somewhat different design from that shown in the many drawings for the project which survive.

The Arts League of Service block is shown on the left of this drawing, with the garden elevation of Squire's studio on the right. Dozens of other drawings for the project are contained in the Mackintosh Estate at the Hunterian Art Gallery but few have the charm of the detailing of this drawing.

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