Mackintosh 'Spurge' Flower Print
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"Spurge, Withyham" June 1909
This is a digitally printed image of the original, which is part of the extensive collection of the Estate of Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Hunterian.
Notes about the original: This is a composite botanical study. At top left is a periwinkle, probably greater periwinkle (Vinca major). The main subject, spurge, is centrally placed. However, it is not clear which species of the cultivated perennial spurge (Euphorbia) is shown. To the right are two flowers of a rhododendron, of which many species and hybrids are in cultivation. By 1909, the style and format of Mackintosh's flower drawings were well established. The flowers are laid out to show structure and to create surface pattern using fine pencil drawing and subtle colour washes.
Hunterian record: GLAHA 41006
Print size: 23cm x 18cm
Total size including mount: 35cm x 29cm
Printed in Scotland
Note on print colours. The background colours of prints in this range vary. This is due to the different papers on which they were executed, and the aging process since their creation. In every instance we try to ensure that the colours of the drawings are as close to the originals as technically possible.