This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“.
The peacock was a favourite fin de siècle motif. In a note to the printer on the drawing’s mount, Mackintosh had indicated that the design could be enlarged to any size.
Mackintosh turned to commercial textile design during the years he and Margaret Macdonald spent in London. They rank among the most progressive designs of the period in Britain.
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Textile design: peacock eyes
CRE MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
pencil and watercolour on brown tracing paper laid on cream paper 36.2 x 27.9
Catalogue number: 41474