of the 24 gesso panels by Dai and Jenny Vaughan in the Dining Room
of the House for an Art Lover have now been published as prints.
Work was started on the panels in 1989 and completed in 1996.
They are inspired by the work of Margaret Macdonald, wife of
Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
In 1900, the year of their marriage, Margaret and Mackintosh were
in Vienna exhibiting at the 8th Secessionist Exhibition. During
this time a competition was announced for a House for an Art Lover.
The rules stated that all entries were to be collaborative. Margaret
and Mackintosh duly submitted a joint entry in 1901. However, they
did not submit all the necessary drawings by the closing date, so
they did not win the first prize. But they were awarded a special
prize and their submission was published in the form of a folio
The gesso panels are interpretations of the designs in the original
perspective drawing of the Dining Room, that formed part of that
competition entry. Each panel in the room measures 600 x 320mm (
23.5 x 12.5inches ) and that is exactly the size of the prints.
gesso panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh entitled The Seven
Princesses, completed in 1909, was commissioned by Fritz Warndorfer
for the Music Room of his house in Vienna. This room was, like
the Room de Lux at the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, designed
by Margaret in collaboration with her husband Charles Rennie
This panel by Dai and Jenny Vaughan is inspired by the original
which was rediscovered in 1990, has been expertly restored and
is now on display in the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Vienna.
Here it can been seen directly opposite a collection of paintings
by Gustav Klimt, whose work was greatly influenced by Margaret
Macdonald, who he met in Vienna in 1900.
Gesso panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh entitled Walk In
Willow Wood, completed in 1903 ,was the centre piece of the
Room de Lux at Miss Kate Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall
This panel by Dai and Jenny Vaughan was completed in 1999
and is inspired by the original, which is now on display at
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow.