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Sketch for Liverpool Cathedral 1903
DES MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
pencil on paper
56.9 x 81.9 (irregular)
inscr. in pencil on verso alongside right edge [not by Mackintosh] "Elevation / Drawing of Liverpool Cathedral"; inscr. in pencil on verso "Ring up Salmon"
It was the establishment of a diocese in Liverpool in 1880 that prompted the need for a cathedral. An indecisive first competition took place in 1886 and the second competition was launched in 1902. Architects were invited to submit portfolios of ecclesiastical work or preliminary design schemes. After making ii to the final five from over 100 entrants, the twenty-one-year-old Giles Gilbert Scott was announced the winner. However, the competition had been fraught with problems and the result prompted a lively debate in the architectural press, particularly over the refusal of the preferred 1886 design by William Emerson, the decision to hold an open competition and the selection of the preferred 'Gothic' style. Mackintosh's design was published in 'The British Architect' on 13 March 1903; it was highly commended by assessors and received a favourable review, although not chosen by the Committee. Mackintosh's designs present an imposing building enriched with free Gothic window tracery, in which his favourite tree and plant motifs are present. He also employed concentrated areas of figure sculpture in his designs. See also GLAHA 41880 and 52592 - 52597.
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