The White Cockade café

M310 The White Cockade café

Address: Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Date: 1911
Client: Miss Catherine (Kate) Cranston
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Mackintosh designed fittings and decoration for Miss Catherine (Kate) Cranston's White Cockade café at the 1911 Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry held in Kelvingrove Park from 3 May to 4 November. The café was located in the S. wing of the W.-facing Garden Club building. Its outdoor terrace overlooked the exhibition amphitheatre and park pond. The Club and all exhibition buildings were designed by architect Robert Walker. 1 The White Cockade café menus were designed by Margaret Macdonald. 2

Authorship: Miss Cranston was one of Mackintosh's most important patrons, commissioning him regularly over a 20-year period. It is highly likely, despite the limited documentary evidence, that Mackintosh was responsible for the design. The job book entry is entirely in his hand.

Cost from office job book: £358 2s 8½d

Status: Temporary

Grid Reference: NS 5725 6636

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.869203, lng = -4.282871   (Map)


1: Perilla Kinchin and Juliet Kinchin, Glasgow's Great Exhibitions: 1888, 1901, 1911, 1938, 1988, Wendlebury, Oxon: White Cockade, 1988, pp. 15, 94. Photograph of Walker in 'Group of Executive Officials', Souvenir Album of the Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry, Glasgow, 1911, Glasgow: T. & R. Annan & Sons, 1911, unpaginated; 'Robert James Walker', Dictionary of Scottish Architects, 1840–1980, [accessed 19 July 2012].

2: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: GLAHA 41131; GLAHA 41775; GLAHA 41845; GLAHA 41846.