Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Rome, Arch of Titus
signed with initials and dated 'CRM. 1891.'; pencil, watercolour
241 x 318mm.
??Glasgow, 1978, no.17; Toronto, 1978, no.25

Lot Essay

Mackintosh recorded in his diary that he made a watercolour of the Arch of Titus on the afternoon of 22 April 1891. He made a number of more finished watercolours such as this while in Italy. Unlike the sketchbook drawings they are conceived as pictures in their own right; this view of the Arch of Titus is fresh and direct in handling and one of the most spontaneous of the group.

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