Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The Wassail, 1900
signed and dated 'CHAS.R/MACKINTOSH DES.1900' and inscribed with scale indications; pencil, watercolour, bodycolour, on oiled tracing paper, squared in pencil
329 x 693mm.
Morrison McLeary, Auctioneer, Glasgow, 1943
(9) Howarth, pp.132-3; (3) Billcliffe, p.31, no.62, & p.72, illustrated
Turin, 1902; Glasgow, 1933, no. 180; Manchester 1954, B25; Toronto, 1978, no.166; Glasgow, 1978, no.62

Lot Essay

There is no evidence that Mackintosh had produced a version of The Wassail for Dunglass Castle, but like Margaret's watercolour The May Queen, this drawing shows no signs of squaring up for enlargement into the gesso panel installed at Ingram Street. Like Margaret's companion watercolour it remains one of the largest and most elaborate imaginative designs of the early Glasgow years.

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