Gillipaw's Journal

By Gillipaw

The Mackintosh Frieze, Glasgow Art Club

A visit to the Glasgow Art Club as part of Doors Open Weekend in Glasgow.

Painted in 1893, the stenciled artwork was Mackintosh's first major public work. It features sage green thistles intertwining on a light background. It was the main feature of the Club's Gallery. Over the years it suffered water damage, and was plastered over. In 2014, the Frieze was restored by Chris Allan.

Mackintosh also designed the fireplace, doors, and fingerplates. What a beautiful space.

We were warmly welcomed here, and enjoyed viewing many artworks, archive exhibits, and watched an artist at work in one of the studios.

We also visited the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Greek Thomson Free Church in St Vincent Street, and St Columba Gaelic Church of Scotland.

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