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Rennie Mackintosh: Art and Design

Course Times & Enrolment

(Code AA197-203) • (0 classes) Course location to be confirmed •
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Course Summary

Explore the work of one of the most exciting, controversial and successful Scottish architects and artists. This course will examine Mackintosh’s architecture, furniture, interiors, paintings and sketches, and his artistic relationship with his wife Margaret Macdonald.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge required.

Content of Course

1. Introduction: Mackintosh’s biography. Scottish architecture in context: Scotch Baronial architecture.

2. Apprenticeship and early architectural competitions, and Art and Crafts.

3. Tea room designs, furniture.

4. ‘Glasgow Four’, Art Nouveau and origins of the Glasgow style, symbolism and Celtic revival.

5. Exhibitions at Vienna, Turin, Darmstadt - painting and architecture in Europe c.1900.

6. Architecture in Glasgow – Glasgow School of Art, Hillhouse and other major works in Scotland.

7. Willow Tea Room / Glasgow School of Art / Hunterian Art Gallery / Queens Cross Church.

8. Watercolours: flower painting, textile designs.

9. Later architecture: Northampton and Chelsea.

10. Late works and landscape drawings in France, Mackintosh legacy.

Teaching method(s)

Lectures, question and answer sessions and a site visit

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize the architecture and art of Mackintosh;

  • Place the work of Mackintosh in the context of contemporary architectural and art styles, c.1900;

  • Assess critically a wide range of visual and written sources.


Core Readings


  • Crawford, Alan, 1994. C.R. Mackintosh: the Chelsea years 1915-1923. Glasgow: Hunterian Art Gallery.

  • Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1960. Pioneers of modern design: from William Morris to Walter Gropius. rev. ed.


  • Buchanan, William, 1989. Mackintosh’s masterwork: the Glasgow School of Art. Glasgow: Richard Drew.

  • Cooper, Jackie, ed., 1978. Mackintosh architecture: the complete buildings and selected projects. London: Academy Editions.

  • Howarth, Thomas, 1977. Charles Rennie Macintosh and the Modern Movement. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

  • Neat, Timothy, 1993. Part seen, part imagined: meaning and symbolism in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald. Edinburgh: Canongate.

Web Sources

Dictionary of Scottish Architects link for CRM

Mackintosh Collection at Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Class Handouts

Lecture notes will be supplied.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.