Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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James Macaulay is a former senior lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and former chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.

Photographs by Mark Fiennes.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh
James Macaulay

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was Scotland’s greatest architect and arguably one of the world’s most admired. He had far fewer commissions than his contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright but with a few bold and innovative structures—the Glasgow School of Art and Hill House among them—he had a profound influence on art and architecture at the turn of the twentieth century. Like Wright, Mackintosh designed in totality, down to the furniture and fabrics used in his structures, and he was influenced by the Japanese, particularly in the simplicity of his designs and themes from nature.
       Hailed as a pioneer of modernism, Mackintosh was, however, perhaps truer to the Arts and Crafts movement than has been realised. With both historic photographs and modern images of Mackintosh’s major works taken by the noted architectural photographer Mark Fiennes, this is an essential and beautiful addition to the Mackintosh canon and to architectural history.

"A serious and beautiful reappraisal of one of the real greats of architecture."
Summer Books Special, Financial Times

"...this new substantial volume, graced with superb colour plates by Mark Fiennes and numerous other delightful illustrations, including historic material and charming drawings by Mackintosh and others, is welcome."

"This book is an impressive testament to Mackintosh’s genius..."
Marcus Binney, The Times

"Tons of illustrations and top photography make this a sumptuous read."
Grand Designs Magazine

"...this handsome book..."
RIAS Quarterly

"This is a fascinating and authoritative book, enhanced by excellent photographs by the late Mark Fiennes."
World of Interiors

"James Macaulay's new biography is an essential and beautiful addition to the Mackintosh canon and to architectural history."

" devotee of the great Scottish architect will want to be without this book."
Homes & Interiors Scotland

"...handsome and beautifully produced volume..."
Building Design

"...both illuminating and well-informed."
Scottish Field

"...if you've been searching for the definitive work on this pioneer of modernism, look no more—you've found it."
The Scots Magazine

"This handsome volume is a thorough architectural biography, covering the life and work of Glasgow's famous man in beautifully illustrated detail."
Antique Collecting

"...a beautifully produced book."
The Victorian

"...exhaustive, and beautifully illustrated, study..."
Contemporary Review

"...this is an essential and beautiful addition to the Mackintosh canon and to architectural history."
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"This is a beautiful book. It is a pleasure to hold; it looks and smells good."

"...this comprehensive account of his life and work is a good introduction to a rare talent."
Burlington Magazine

June 2010 • £42.00 • ISBN 978 0 393 05175 9 • 304pp • 216 x 254mm • 74 colour and 146 black-and-white illustrations