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"Stork's-bill, Holy Island" July 1901
CRE MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
pencil and watercolour on paper
25.8 x 20.2
s.d. and inscr. in pencil b.r. "HOLY ISLAND / JULY 1901 / MTFBC"
(cat.67) BILLCLIFFE, Roger 1979 'Mackintosh Watercolours', London: John Murray
The use of an inscription cartouche derives from Japanese art. In it Mackintosh recorded the initials of those who had been with him when the drawing was made. Here 'MTFBC', for Margaret, Toshie, Frances, (McNair), Bertie (J. Herbert McNair) and Charles Macdonald, his brother-in-law. Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald, who married in 1900, regularly visited Holy Island off the Northumberland coast.
Mackintosh has concentrated on a skilful arrangement of the plant. The umbellate inflorescence and long-beaked fruits suggest a stork's-bill (Erodium). However, the lack of leaves impedes identification. On grounds of geographical distribution, the only likely species is Common Stork's-bill (Erodium cicutarium).
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