Charles Rennie Mackintosh Art Chronology in Photos

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) a Scottish architect & designer created buildings & decorative arts in Symbolism, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, & Glasgow styles.

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Photo Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Charles Rennie Mackintosh portrait by Francis Henry Newbery at National Portrait Gallery of Scotland. Charles Rennie Mackintosh portrait holding model of  Renfrew St. school. Charles Rennie Mackintosh portrait by Francis Henry Newbery at National Portrait Gallery of Scotland.
  • June 7, 1868: Charles Rennie Mackintosh (nee McIntosh) born in Glasgow.
  • 1883: Mackintosh enrolls in Glasgow School of Art
  • 1884: Mackintosh apprentices to John Hutchison, Glasgow architect, for 5 years.
  • 1889: Mackintosh joins Honeyman & Keppie, Glasgow architects, as draftsman.
  • 1890-4: Margaret Macdonald (born Nov. 5 1864 ) & her sister Frances enroll in Glasgow School of Art.
  • 1891: Mackintosh tours Italy & lectures on Italy to Glasgow Architectural Assoc. in 1892.
  • Early 1890s: Mackintosh & Macdonald work together in designing furniture.
  • 1893: Mackintosh (nee McIntosh) changes name for better & unique self promotion.
  • August 1900: Mackintosh marries Margaret Macdonald.
  • Nov. 1900: Mackintosh exhibits with Margaret, Frances & Herbert McNair at Vienna Sezession.
  • 1901: Mackintosh becomes partner in Honeyman & Keppie.

Early furniture by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at National Museum of Scotland.
Settle by Charles Rennie Mackintosh with panel by Margaret Mackintosh made by J&W Guthrie of Glasgow at National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland. White painted bookcase for Dunglass Castle by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland. White painted settle with reproduction cushions & hanging by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland. Hanging light fixtures for 14 Kingsborough Gardens by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Settle (1895) by C.R. Mackintosh with panel by Margaret Mackintosh. Bookcase for Dunglass Castle (1900) by C.R. Mackintosh. Settle (1900) by C.R. Mackintosh. Hanging light for 14 Kingsborough Gardens (1902) by C.R. Mackintosh.

Glasgow Railway Terminus
Model of unbuilt Glasgow Railway Terminus by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow.
  • 1892: Mackintosh enters Glasgow Railway Terminus competition. (Structure unbuilt.)

Glasgow Herald Building
Model of Glasgow Herald Building by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow Herald Building built as warehouse extension at back of original newspaper with water tank tower as fire precaution. Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow Herald Building first major architectural project of Charles Rennie Mackintosh under firm of Honeyman & Keppie now houses The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design & Architecture. Glasgow, Scotland. Several towers atop Mackintosh's Glasgow Herald Building. Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1893-5: Mackintosh lands first major commission under firm of Honeyman & Keppie for Glasgow Herald newspaper building (on Mitchell St.)
  • Today: Glasgow Herald building is called the Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design & Architecture, with extensive displays about Mackintosh.
  • 1894: Mackintosh designs Queen Margaret Medical College, University of Glasgow.
  • 1895-7: Mackintosh designs Martyrs' Public School, 11 Parson St., Glasgow.
  • 1896: Mackintosh exhibits at Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, London.

Glasgow School of Art
Model of Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow School of Art high-back chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow School of Art Director's Room original armchair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Mackintosh's chairs for School of Art at Lighthouse museum.
  • 1896-99: Mackintosh wins competition for Glasgow School of Art; first phase.
  • 1907-9: Mackintosh continues second phase of Glasgow School of Art.
  • 2014: Glasgow School of Art destroyed by fire & is being recreated.

Mackintosh Church
Mackintosh Church home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh society. Glasgow, Scotland. Flowery stone carving in Mackintosh-style at Mackintosh Church. Glasgow, Scotland. Nature-themed stone carving in Mackintosh-style at Mackintosh Church. Glasgow, Scotland. Mackintosh Church sign with Mackintosh-style lettering & slats. Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1897-99: Mackintosh designs Queen's Cross Church, 870 Garscube Rd., Glasgow.
  • Today: Now named Mackintosh Church, Queen's Cross Church is home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh society & open for tours.

1898: Glasgow International Exhibition competition (models of Mackintosh's unbuilt entries at The Lighthouse).
Model of unbuilt Bar & Dining Room for Glasgow International Exhibition by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Model of unbuilt Concert Hall for Glasgow International Exhibition by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Model of unbuilt Concert Hall for Glasgow International Exhibition by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Model of unbuilt alternate design of Concert Hall for Glasgow International Exhibition by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland.
Bar & Dining Room for Glasgow International Exhibition. Concert Hall for Glasgow International Exhibition. Concert Hall for Glasgow International Exhibition. Alternative concert Hall for Glasgow International Exhibition.

Ruchill St. Free Church Hall.
Ruchill Street Free Church Hall. Glasgow, Scotland Ruchill Street Free Church Hall entrance door with Mackintosh themes. Glasgow, Scotland Ruchill Street Free Church Hall window surrounds with Mackintosh themes. Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1898-99: Mackintosh designs Ruchill St. Free Church Hall, 15/17 Shakespeare St., Glasgow.

A House for an Art Lover.
House for an Art Lover. Glasgow, Scotland. Music room organ decoration with birds, petals & human figures at House for an Art Lover. Glasgow, Scotland. Dining room as interpreted in 1996 at House for an Art Lover. Glasgow, Scotland. Drawing for dining room of House for an Art Lover entered in German competition by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow, Scotland.

Hill House, Helensburgh.
Hill House ground floor plan drawing by C.R. Mackintosh at Hill House. Helensburgh, Scotland. Asymmetric south facade with round surfaces of Hill House. Helensburgh, Scotland. Drawing room fireplace area with inset shelves at Hill House. Helensburgh, Scotland. Bed under barrel arch alcove in main bedroom at Hill House. Helensburgh, Scotland.
  • 1902-4: Mackintosh designs The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun St., Helensburgh (now a National Trust for Scotland museum with original CRM furniture).

Scotland Street School.
Scotland Street School now a museum to Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Glasgow school history. Glasgow, Scotland. Mackintosh designed oval medallion on rear facade at Scotland Street School. Glasgow, Scotland. Entrance hall at Scotland Street School. Glasgow, Scotland. Looking down internal stairtower at Scotland Street School. Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1903: Mackintosh designs Scotland Street School, 225 Scotland St., Glasgow, using two sets of plans, simple ones to win the job & more artistic ones he actually built (now a museum).
  • Today: Scotland Street School is a museum to featuring Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Glasgow school history.

Mackintosh House (interior now at Hunterian Art Gallery).
Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed house interior moved from demolished Mackintosh house to Hunterian Art Gallery to display the original Mackintosh-designed furniture & woodwork interiors. Glasgow, Scotland. Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed front door moved from demolished Mackintosh house nearby to Hunterian Art Gallery to display the original Mackintosh-designed furniture & woodwork interiors. Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1906-14: Mackintoshes moves to 6 Florentine Terrace, Glasgow (later renamed 78 Southpark Ave.)
  • He & Margaret build an elaborate interior with custom furniture.
  • After house is demolished furniture is saved & interiors reconstructed in Hunterian Art Gallery museum on University of Glasgow campus. (Interior photos of Mackintosh gallery not allowed.)

Miss Cranston's tearooms (an ongoing project).
  • 1896: Mackintosh designs interiors for Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan St., Glasgow (today restored as tea room).
  • 1898: Mackintosh designs furniture & decorations for Miss Cranston's tea rooms, Argyle St., Glasgow.
  • 1900: Mackintosh designs interiors for Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Ingram St., Glasgow.
  • 1903: Mackintosh designs The Willow Tea Rooms, 217 Sauchiehall St., Glasgow.
Ladies' Luncheon Room decor by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston's tearoom at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland. Ladies' Luncheon Room chairs, partition & cake display case by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston's tearoom at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland. Miss Cranston's Tearoom Luncheon Room chairs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland. Miss Cranston's Tearoom food display cabinet by Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Buchanan St. tearoom coat stand by George Walton & Co. at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland.
Miss Cranston's tearoom Ladies' Luncheon Room decor (1900) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Miss Cranston's tearoom Ladies' Luncheon Room furniture (1900) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Miss Cranston's Tearoom Luncheon Room chairs (1900) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Miss Cranston's Tearoom food display cabinet (1900) & Buchanan St. tearoom coat stand (1897) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Miss Cranston's Tearoom high-back chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Miss Cranston's Tearoom Luncheon Room cutlery by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland. Cutlery for Miss Cranston's tea rooms by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Recreated Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms after Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow, Scotland.
Miss Cranston's Tearoom (Ingram St.) high-back chair (1900) at The Lighthouse. Miss Cranston's Tearoom Luncheon Room cutlery (1900) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Miss Cranston's Tearoom Luncheon Room cutlery (1900) at The Lighthouse. Recreated Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan St.
Model of Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms (1903 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Watt Brothers Building which hosts one of four of Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms on 3rd floor with interior created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow, Scotland. Round-back chairs & round two-level domino table by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston's Tearooms at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Miss Cranston's Tearoom Chinese Blue Room fretted-back chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland.
Model of Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms (1903 (217 Sauchiehall St., Glasgow) at The Lighthouse. Watt Brothers Building (Sauchiehall St.) which hosts one of four of Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms. Round-back chairs & round two-level domino table (c1907) by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston's Tearooms at The Lighthouse. Miss Cranston's Tearoom Chinese Blue Room (Ingram St.) fretted-back chair (1911) by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse.
Book illustrated by C.R. Mackintosh in library at Hill House. Helensburgh, Scotland. Book cover graphic design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Yarns on The Beach by G.A. Henty at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Book cover graphic design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Tales from Henty by G.A. Henty at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland. Advertising label for Bassett Lowke Ltd. by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Lighthouse. Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1914: Partnership Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh dissolved when firm fails to get enough work.
  • 1914: Mackintoshes move to Suffolk but must leave when he is suspected of spying because of his contacts with Germany.
  • 1914: Mackintoshes go on extended holiday to Walberswick, Suffolk .
  • 1915-23: Mackintosh works in Chelsea, London on watercolour painting, textile designs, advertising & book illustrations. Mackintosh has ongoing financial & drinking problems.
  • 1916-7&9:Mackintosh does interiors for 78 Derngate, Northampton.
  • 1920: Mackintosh designs studios in Chelsea (not implemented) .
  • 1923-27: Mackintoshes retreat to South of France doing watercolour painting.
  • 1927: Mackintosh returns to London, terminally ill with cancer.
  • December, 10 1928: Mackintosh Dies .

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