Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

From 1897 until 1906 he was occupied intermittently with designing and furnishing the chain of tea-rooms established in Glasgow by the Misses Cranston as part of a campaign to combat the widespread daytime drunkenness which was a scandal in the city. In spite of the provision of billiard rooms, the original and elegant schemes seem to have done very little to wean the hardened drinkers from their accustomed haunts. He exhibited, with the other members of the group of the 'Four', a number of times with the Wiener Werkstatte, and found grecter acceptance of his idess on the Continent than in his home town or in London, though he had patrons in Scotland who allowed him a remarkable degree of freedom to pursue his ideas, notubly the publisher, Walter Blackie, for whom he built Hill House at Helensburgh.