94, Glasgow, Glasgow Herald Building, design for tower and part of façade

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Pencil, 230x160mm.

The 1893-5 Mitchell Street extensions to the Glasgow Herald building were Mackintosh’s first major architectural scheme. Although there is a great deal of debate as to how much the design owed to Mackintosh and how much to his boss, John Keppie. Pages 94-96 give an insight into the development of the design. In this drawing Mackintosh has dignified the entrance with a columned portico, reminiscent of the entrance to Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan (see p. 56); on the fifth storey there is a suggestion that Mackintosh was considering introducing a colonnade on the pattern of that of the Palazzo Guadagni which he had sketched in Florence. (Elaine Grogan, ‘Beginnings: Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s early sketches’ (London: Architectural Press, 2002) plate 31); the elaborate gables of the final design have not yet made their appearance on the sixth storey; the ground, first and second floors have round-headed windows; the triple-arched Italian Romanesque window on the tower is placed on the street frontage, rather than on the angle where it appears on later drawings; and the ogival cupola which crowns the tower is narrower and more squat than in the final design.

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