Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)
British architect & designer
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Born in Glasgow, son of a policeman. At age sixteen he was articled in the office of Glasgow architect John Hutchison, studying at the same time at the Glasgow School of Art. There he came into contact with J Herbert MacNair and the Macdonald sisters, Frances & Margaret, the latter he later married. They exhibited together on a number of occasions including the 1896 Arts & Crafts Exhibition. In 1889 joined the firm of Honeyman & Keppie until 1913, becoming a partner in 1904. Most of his important arcitectural and decorative work was done during this time, including the famous Miss Cranston Tea Rooms and Hill House at Helensburgh. In 1896 won the competition for the building of the new Glasgow School of Art. He left Scotland in 1913, did very little work and in 1920 gave up his architecture and devoted the remainder of his life to painting.