Lecture: Mackintosh and the Four: the Origins of the Glasgow Style
Thursday 15 November 2018, 07:30pm
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Harvest MoonOn Thursday, November 15th, 2018, Roger Billcliffe will be joining us to give his lecture, titled Mackintosh and the Four: the Origins of the Glasgow Style as part of Dalrymple celebrates Mackintosh. 

This evening's talk will give an overview of the crucial period in Scottish art of the 1890s, when not only the Glasgow Boys but also The Four developed a style which was to have considerable effects on European art, particularly in Germany and Austria. Mackintosh is generally assumed to have led The Four, but Roger Billcliffe believes that his role in the 1890s was less to the fore, as Frances Macdonald and her future husband, Herbert MacNair, provided the imaginative energy to drive the new style.

As with all of our lectures, attendance is free of charge and open to GAS members and non-members alike.


About the Lecturer

Roger Billcliffe came to Glasgow in 1969 to work at the university Art Collections, specifically on the designs for the new Hunterian Art Gallery.

Previously, while at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, he had come across the work of Herbert MacNair who taught at the University there, so his interest in the art of The Four, as MacNair, Mackintosh and the Macdonald sisters were known, existed before he came to the Hunterian.

He produced three books on the work of Mackintosh during the 1970s – flower drawings and sketches (1975), watercolours (1978) and furniture (1979); followed by textiles in 1982. In 1979 he joined The Fine Art Society, opening a new Gallery in Glasgow, and turned his attention to Scottish painting, publishing on the Glasgow Boys (1985) and the Scottish Colourists (1989).

His researches on Mackintosh continued throughout the 1990s, including an exhibition in Japan and lectures across Europe and America, and consultancies for various exhibitions, the most recent being in Moscow in 2014.

His latest book, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of The Four looks at the relationships between the four artists, their changing dynamics over 40 years and their contributions to Scottish, and British art in that period.



Our lecture programme runs from October through to April each year. 

Lectures usually take place in the Glasgow University’s Boyd Orr Building, in University Avenue on the third Thursday of each month, starting at 7.30pm. Please be aware, however, that the Dalrymple Lecture Series are typically held at a different venue.


Image provided by Roger Billcliffe

Location Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue

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