Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Design for Curtains for the Hall Windows, 1916-17 for W.J. Bassett-Lowke Esq.
inscribed 'J. Bassett Lowke/Curtains for Hall Windows 6 wanted?'; pencil, bodycolour, on oiled tracing paper
196 x 190mm.
W.J. Bassett Lowke Esq
(1) Billcliffe, D1916.17 and 1916.D (for curtains as installed)
Toronto, 1978, no.155

Lot Essay

An unusual drawing for this period as it combines elements from the geometric stencil design for the walls of the Hall-Parlour at 78 Derngate, Northampton, with shapes which are reminiscent of the stylised figures in the interiors of the two cabinets made for 14 Kingsborough Gardens and Mackintosh's own house in 1902. The design was eventually rejected and replaced by curtains which are much closer to Mackintosh's contemporary textile designs and may, in fact, have been made from such commercially available fabrics.

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