Campaign launched to save Mackintosh treasures

A stunning armchair and standard lamp by Charles Rennie Mackintosh are the focus of a fundraising campaign to keep them on display at their original home in the drawing room of Hill House, Scotland.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Easy Armchair, 1902–1904 The National Trust for Scotland

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Easy Armchair, 1902–1904

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is widely considered to be one of the greatest designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Glasgow, he became Britain's Art Nouveau designer, and had a profound influence on European design and architecture.

Mackintosh was commissioned to create Hill House between 1902 and 1904 as a family home for the publisher Walter Blackie and his family. Today, the house is Mackintosh's only domestic commission open to members of the public.

The house's drawing room and its furniture, including an armchair and standard lamp that have been on long-term loan to National Trust Scotland, were also designed by Mackintosh. Now, however, those two pieces have been placed on sale, and the Trust has launched a public appeal to raise the funds needed to keep them on display in their original home.

The Trust has already secured £75,000 in funding from the Art Fund, Monument Trust and National Museums Scotland, but needs to raise another £25,000 through public donations to secure the chair and lamp for the future. 

Lorna Hepburn, property manager at Hill House, said: 'The drawing room where these items were lovingly placed 110 years ago is a favourite area for visitors and is definitely the most important interior space at the Hill House. The armchair and standard lamp are an integral part of the design of this room and add to the overall "wow" factor for visitors.

'The recent fire at Glasgow School of Art reminds us that the limited remaining legacy of Mackintosh’s work is both vulnerable and precious. If we were to lose both the lamp and the armchair, these iconic designs would quite likely be made inaccessible to the public.'

Visit the donation page on the National Trust Scotland website to help keep these historic works on public display.

Venue details

The Hill House Upper Colquhoun Street Argyll G84 9AT 0844 493 2208 www.nts.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £10.50)

1 Apr – 31 Oct
Daily, 11.30am – 5.30pm

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