Student design for a public hall

M027 Student design for a public hall

Date: 1889–90
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)
1889
22 November: Competition announced in the British Architect. 1
1890
30 August: Competition closing date. 2
4–20 September: Competition entries exhibited at the Corporation Galleries, Sauchiehall Street. 3
18 September: Meeting of the Alexander Thomson Memorial Trustees, who resolve to award the £60 Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship to Mackintosh 'for the best set of drawings for a hall with side rooms'. The Studentship competition entries are exhibited at the Corporation Galleries. 4
21 and 28 November: Mackintosh's prize-winning drawings are published in the British Architect. 5
1891
3 March: Mackintosh's request for permission to enter his prize-winning drawings, by then property of the Alexander Thomson Memorial Trustees, in the annual Department of Science and Art National Competition at South Kensington is granted. 6
21 March: Mackintosh leaves Glasgow to travel in Italy, Belgium and France. 7
27 July: Exhibition of National Competition prize winners' work is announced. Mackintosh's designs for the Public Hall and Museum of Science and Art win him two silver medals. 8
Late July: Mackintosh returns to Glasgow.
20 August: Mackintosh's sketches, drawings and travel diary are presented at a meeting of the Alexander Thomson Memorial Trustees. 9
1892
6 September: Mackintosh presents a lecture on his tour of Italy to the Glasgow Architectural Association. 10

Notes:

1: British Architect, 32, 22 November 1889, p. 359.

2: British Architect, 32, 22 November 1889, p. 359.

3: Glasgow Institute of Architects archive: Alexander Thomson Memorial minutes, 3 September 1890.

4: Date of award recorded on receipts of the two payments of £30 to Mackintosh. The Hunterian: University of Glasgow: Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship correspondence, receipt for first payment of £30, 27 February 1891 (on loan from the Glasgow Institute of Architects); Glasgow Institute of Architects archive: Alexander Thomson Memorial minutes, 11 September 1890; 18 September 1890. The Trustees were John Gordon (president of Glasgow Institute of Architects), James Chalmers, Alexander Petrie, William F. Salmon, Alexander Skirving, Malcolm Stark, Thomas L. Watson and John Shields (Secretary).

5: British Architect, 34, 21 November 1890, pp. 381, 386–7; 28 November 1890, pp. 402, 405–6.

6: The Hunterian: University of Glasgow, Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship correspondence, letters between Mackintosh and John Shields, undated and 3 March 1891 (on loan from the Glasgow Institute of Architects).

7: The trip is recorded in two sketchbooks, and a group of dismembered sketchbook pages and independent watercolours. See his diary and lecture, Pamela Robertson, 'Mackintosh and Italy' in Pamela Robertson, ed., Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Architectural Papers, Wendlebury, Oxon: White Cockade in association with the Hunterian Art Gallery, 1990pp. 64–125; Elaine Grogan, Beginnings: Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Early Sketches, Oxford: Architectural Press in association with the National Library of Ireland, 2002, pp. 47–136; Mackintosh's North Italian sketchbook, www.mackintoshsketchbook.net [accessed 30 January 2012].

8: Glasgow Herald, 27 July 1891, p. 8; Mackintosh was also awarded two 'third or highest grade prizes' for further work. It is not known what this work comprised. Glasgow Herald, 24 August 1891, p. 8.

9: The Hunterian: University of Glasgow, Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship letters, correspondence between Mackintosh and John Shields, 12 and 13 August 1891 (on loan from the Glasgow Institute of Architects).

10: British Architect, 38, 9 September 1892, p. 198; Pamela Robertson, ed., Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Architectural Papers, Wendlebury, Oxon: White Cockade in association with the Hunterian Art Gallery, 1990, pp. 108–125.