Doves and Dreams

Doves and Dreams : The Art of Frances Macdonald and J. Herbert McNair

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Discussions of the 'Glasgow Four' and the 'Glasgow Style' inevitably lead to the well-documented careers of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald. However, this obscures the complete picture and ignores the significant contribution made to British art history by the other two members of the 'Glasgow Four'. Here, for the first time, the lives and careers of Frances Macdonald (1873-1921), sister of Margaret Macdonald, and J. Herbert McNair (1868-1955), the two artists who have hitherto been considered as adjuncts to the Mackintoshes, are surveyed in detail. Presenting the finest examples of the artists' work, "Doves and Dreams" will spotlight the achievements of two remarkable artists: McNair, the innovator and inspirational teacher, and Macdonald, an exceptional talent who produced some of the most remarkable symbolist watercolours of the twentieth century. The narrative of their art is seen against the backdrop of their often tragic personal stories in Glasgow and Liverpool, and includes the artists' engagements with Glasgow School of Art, The Art Sheds and the Sandon Studios, Liverpool.Including over 160 images, this ground-breaking study written by leading experts in the field showcases the whole range of Macdonald's and McNair's oeuvre, from watercolours and graphics to furniture and jewellery. This, combined with first-class analysis of work featured, will make "Doves and Dreams" an essential resource for all those interested in learning the complete story of the renowned 'Glasgow Four'.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 260 x 266 x 22mm | 1,161.21g
  • Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Includes 145 colour and 20 b&w illustrations
  • 0853319383
  • 9780853319382
  • 1,087,101

Table of contents

Directors' foreword; Sponsor's statement; Acknowledgements; List of lenders; Preface; Glasgow and Liverpool 1900: commerce, culture and identity, Juliet Kinchin and Joseph Sharples; Doves and dreams: life and art in Glasgow and Liverpool, Pamela Robertson; 'Decidedly artistic': the rooms of Frances Macdonald and J. Herbert McNair, Janice Helland; 'The necessities and beauties of life': The 3-D designs of Macdonald and McNair, Annette Carruthers; Catalogue Raisonne, Pamela Robertson; Exhibition checklist; Chronology; Select bibliography; Illustration credits; Contributors; more

About Pamela Robertson

Pamela Robertson is Professor of Mackintosh Studies at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. She has curated many exhibitions related to Mackintosh and his contemporaries including the first retrospective of the work of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh and Glasgow Museums' award-winning exhibition Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Annette Carruthers is a Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. Her specialisms include the Arts and Crafts Movement and she has written, with Mary Greensted, on the Arts and Crafts Collections of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museums. Janice Helland is a Professor in the Institute of Women's Studies and Department of Art, Queen's University, Canada. She is a leading scholar in the history of nineteenth-century women artists and has published widely on the subject. Juliet Kinchin is a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Reader at the Department of History of Art, University of Glasgow. She has written extensively on decorative arts and design of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Joseph Sharples worked as Assistant Curator of Fine Art with the National Museums of Liverpool from 1990 to 2001. He is currently working in the School of History, University of Liverpool, undertaking research into the building activities of the city's nineteenth-century more

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