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GLAHA 52590: Design for proposed theatre in Chelsea, for Margaret Morris: plans 1920 - click to view larger image

GLAHA 52590
Design for proposed theatre in Chelsea, for Margaret Morris: plans 1920
(architectural design)

DES MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)


Materials:
pencil, ink and wash on paper
Dimensions:
43.8 x 72.0
Frame:
AntU
Marks:
s. b.r. "Charles Rennie Mackintosh Arch."
References:
Notes:
This theatre was designed for the dancer, Margaret Morris, founder of the lively Theatre Club in Flood Street, Chelsea, of which the Mackintoshes were honorary members. Though less adventurous than the International Exhibition Concert Hall of 1898, Mackintosh had difficulty securing planning permission. This apart, lack of funds ensured that the project never materialised. See also GLAHA 52591. Mackintosh was informed that the Ecclesiastical Commissioners had objected to the proposed design for Margaret Morris's Theatre as well as the Arts League of Service Studios, which were to be built on the same site, in Chelsea. Apparently, Mackintosh was advised to make his elevations more elaborate, it is likely the commissioners were looking for a more 'classical' design. Mackintosh vowed to J. D. Fergusson that he would give up architecture and resort to painting if his scheme was rejected; this was unnecessary, planning permission was subsequently granted in December 1920, however nothing ever became of this project. It is probable that a lack of funds may have prevented The Theatre or The Arts League of Service Studios from ever being executed.
Keywords:
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN : THEATRE : CHELSEA PERIOD : MORRIS, MARGARET : PLAN : CRM ONLINE :

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