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Alan Crawford, Charles Rennie Mackintosh , Thames and Hudson, 1995, Softback, £6.95, ISBN 0 500 20283 4.

Alan Crawford, Charles Rennie Mackintosh , Thames and Hudson, 1995, Softback, £6.95, ISBN 0 500... In 198 c Alan had been written on Mackintosh since his death in 1928. Shand, Pevsner and Howarth had added to the basis of the 'Mackintosh myth' unconsciously fostered by Muthesius. Together their writings helped promote Mackintosh as a lonely and misunderstood artist-hero and the unacknowledged forefather of Modernism. Little by little Crawford has had to disprove the many myths that have grown up around and nearly choked the real Mackintosh: the myths that Mackintosh was a genius, and one recognised only by a few in Glasgow, that 'The Four' were ridiculed at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in London, that the Mackintoshes received rapturous acclaim in Vienna in 1900 and established a major reputation in Europe, and that, finally cold-shouldered in Glasgow, they decided to leave the city for ever around 1914. Crawford's considerable skills as a researcher and writer allow him to counter these inaccuracies and simultaneously to provide a clear, solid text. The complications of this historical game become all too clear in the last chapter, 'Critical Fortunes', which accounts for the history of the myth fabrication. For the many readers for whom this book provides their introduction to Mackintosh, this might seem an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Alan Crawford, Charles Rennie Mackintosh , Thames and Hudson, 1995, Softback, £6.95, ISBN 0 500 20283 4.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 6 (1): 100 – Jan 1, 1995

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In 198 c Alan had been written on Mackintosh since his death in 1928. Shand, Pevsner and Howarth had added to the basis of the 'Mackintosh myth' unconsciously fostered by Muthesius. Together their writings helped promote Mackintosh as a lonely and misunderstood artist-hero and the unacknowledged forefather of Modernism. Little by little Crawford has had to disprove the many myths that have grown up around and nearly choked the real Mackintosh: the myths that Mackintosh was a genius, and one recognised only by a few in Glasgow, that 'The Four' were ridiculed at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in London, that the Mackintoshes received rapturous acclaim in Vienna in 1900 and established a major reputation in Europe, and that, finally cold-shouldered in Glasgow, they decided to leave the city for ever around 1914. Crawford's considerable skills as a researcher and writer allow him to counter these inaccuracies and simultaneously to provide a clear, solid text. The complications of this historical game become all too clear in the last chapter, 'Critical Fortunes', which accounts for the history of the myth fabrication. For the many readers for whom this book provides their introduction to Mackintosh, this might seem an

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1995

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