West tower, St James, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire 1894
Sketching was a lifelong preoccupation for Mackintosh, as professional tool and leisure activity. Twelve sketchbooks survive of which six are in the Hunterian Collection. These have now been conserved, digitised, catalogued and made available on-line with the support of a grant from Museums Galleries Scotland.
The earliest sketchbook contains student studies of building construction details from around 1888. The four travel sketchbooks document Mackintosh's trips through Scotland to Ayrshire, Perthshire and Stirlingshire, and in England, to Devon, East Anglia, Gloucestershire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and Sussex. These contain drawings of historic and vernacular buildings, architectural details, and exquisite botanical studies. The last notebook records site visits, including refurbishments at The Hill House, late architectural projects in Scotland, and some minor works in London. In all, nearly 300 pages of drawings are available for you to explore.
You can:Search by keyword