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“.
This design suggests the combination of Mackintosh’s two key motifs: plants and geometric shapes. A fabric similar to this design was illustrated in ‘The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art’, 1917, p.123. It was used by Mackintosh in a washstand designed in 1917 for a bedroom in a house in Bath.
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: tendrils, squares and triangles
CRE MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
pencil and watercolour on brown tracing paper 26.4 x 19.4
Catalogue number: 41448