Mackintosh’s Northern Italian Sketchbook, 2007

MC_G_57(p30)This AHRC funded project explored the drawings in a little-known sketchbook by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) housed in Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections Centre. The sketchbook was created by Mackintosh during a scholarship tour of Italy in 1891. In themselves, the 93 pages of drawings of buildings and details represent an excellent example of the output of an architectural student on a ‘Grand Tour’ at the end of the nineteenth century. However, Mackintosh’s reputation and his acknowledged skills as a draughtsman elevate the sketchbook to a work of international significance.

The Northern Italian Sketchbook project created a website allowing users to search and/or browse through Mackintosh’s sketchbook drawings. The information included on the site represents the culmination of three years of research to accurately identify and record, for the first time, the sources for these drawings. Users are able to compare Mackintosh’s sketches with photographs of the sources, some well-known, others less so, as they appear on the ground today. Specially-written descriptions accompany each image and provide the valuable context that the sketchbook inevitably lacks. Users are encouraged to participate in furthering this research by identifying the small number of Mackintosh’s as yet untraced sources, thereby providing a comprehensive account of his Northern Italian tour.

To view the project website click here.

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