Menu card design for Miss Cranston's The Red Lion Café by Frances Macdonald MacNair

Menu card design for Miss Cranston's The Red Lion Café at the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1911.


Pencil & watercolour on vellum
21 x 31 cm
Art Fund grant:
£6,000 ( Total: £12,500)
Acquired in:
Michael Davidson

The design uses the lines and visual language of the Glasgow Style and is based around the image of the Scottish thistle with the arm of the chair taking the form of a single rampant red lion derived from the Royal Banner of Scotland. The tripartite layout includes a front page featuring a themed figure and foliage, the back page lists the tearoom suppliers.


Believed to have been acquired at the Mackintosh memorial exhibition at the McLellan Galleries (1933) by William Davidson Jr., executor of the Mackintosh estate; by descent to current owner and vendor, Davidson Jr's grandson, Michael Davidson.

Venue details

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG 0141 276 9599

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