Nine 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 of drawings.

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.

HOMAGE TO THE SEVEN PRINCESSES - Click here for more info ...   The 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 Mackitosh.

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.
The 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 Street, Glasgow.

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.
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