Celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Glasgow School of Art where Charles Rennie Mackintosh Studied

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928) is a famous architect, artist and designer from Glasgow, Scotland. His Art Noveau Style that was very modern in his era is well known throughout the world today.

Mackintosh studied at Glasgow School of Art and his influence can be seen throughout the city. This week we celebrate his birthday (7th June) and the beauty he brought to the life of many Glaswegians.

Those lucky enough to have held a £100 note will recognise the image on the right. The front of the note features a portrait of Mackintosh.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh portrait on £100 note.

Did you know?

Mackintosh’s first commission was a gravestone for the Chief of Police. It can still be seen today in Glasgow Necropolis.

An infographic displaying the 4 different places to view designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The suggestions given are Mackintosh at the Willow, Mackintosh House, House for an Art Lover and The Lighthouse. All of these attractions are in Glasgow.

Did you know?

You can also view Mackintosh’s designs in Northampton, England. While living in the area Mackintosh was commissioned to redesign a townhouse which is now a visitor centre.


Where in Glasgow was Charles Rennie Mackintosh born?

Mackintosh was board in the Townhead area of Glasgow at 70 Parson Street. Townhead is just north of the city centre. He grew up in this area, as well as in Dennistoun the area just to the east of the city centre.

Was Mackintosh famous while he was alive?

His work did catch the attention of people while he was alive but he’s certainly more famous now. In his final years of life he struggled to sell his watercolour paintings, now his work can sell for thousands of pounds.

Where can I see Mackintosh’s work?

There are many places to view his work. Alongside those mentioned above there are other examples within Glasgow. You can view his architectural designs by visiting the Scotland Street School Building and the Glasgow School of Art. Sadly the School of Art suffered two extensive fires in 2014 & 2018 which means they do not have an indoor exhibition at the moment. Mackintosh also designed the old Daily Record Building which is hidden on an alleyway in Glasgow city centre.

For those willing to travel out of the city, The Hill House in Helensburgh is another popular location for Mackintosh fans. It was designed alongside his wife Margaret MacDonald in 1902 for Walter Blackie. The house is now operated by the National Trust for Scotland and is currently undergoing conversation works to protect it for future generations.

Would you like to visit the work of Charlies Rennie Mackintosh while on tour?

If you are a Mackintosh fan then we would recommend our bespoke private tours as a way to tailor your experience. By completing the form on our Private Tour page you can make contact with our Travel Experts who are waiting to plan you perfect trip.

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