34, Bergamo, studies of Sant’Agostino

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Inscribed QUARTIERI S. AGOSTINO/BERGAMO’ and other notes in pencil, 230x160mm.

The monastery of Sant’Agostino was a barracks in the 1890s. Mackintosh drew the west front of its gothic church.

Mackintosh’s drawing of the untraced cartouche (bottom right) is interestingly captioned ‘Italian’. This may be a comment on the employment of similar Italian-derived motifs on many Glasgow buildings in the late nineteenth century. Mackintosh himself would use a version of this form on the door heads of the Glasgow Art Club (1892-3) and the Tower of the Glasgow Herald Building (1893-4).

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