Saturday, October 30, 2010

One For Zed.

For Zed.

Notes on the graphic:
J. Herbert McNair, was the Brother-in-law of CRM-MMM, and the husband of Frances, making up the group of Four.
This design was used by Herbert on a poster for the Liverpool Academy of Arts in 1901.
The original can be seen here.
There is an expanded description of the graphic on my postcards post, here.

Notes on the Cats:
The cats and nimbus are part of a frieze that CRM stencilled or painted on his bedroom wall sometime between 1890 and1896, then aged 21 to 27.
There is only one piece of photographic evidence for this, and the date cannot be narrowed further. ( I'm working on it.)
The frieze was later reproduced on the playroom wall of 'Gladsmuir', the home of William Davidson, when CRM designed the interior in 1896.
Although these cats represent Frankie and Johnnie, it is reputed that CRM-MMM also had two cats, whose names were Lancelot and Guinevere.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weclome Back Zed!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lady Amalgam.

Since I have little luck with dating these days, I have made another Lady for myself. This Lady is an amalgam of two CRM designs that can be seen here and here.

As always, clicking upon the graphic will enable a larger view.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Roses Are Red.

One hand spins electronic wire, while the other spins electronic oil.
And indeed, my glass is half full. Yum, yum slurp.
There, now it's empty. Time for another.

Anyone would think I'm an algohocik, alcologik, alco, bugger, opera fan.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

One For ChrisSD.

This is a CRM cover for ChrisSD, aka Sky-Dad.

Please click upon the graphic for maximum bigness. It's not often I describe how I have constructed a graphic, but the recipe for this one involves wisdom, peace, serenity and luck. 

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Sans Mon 4.

We have been here before.

Sans Mon 3.

I know nothing.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Now Lost.

This is my impression of a leaded glass design which was displayed above the fireplace just in front of the inverted teardrop mirror, in the Room de Luxe of the Willow Tearooms, Sauchiehall St. Glasgow, Scotland, shortly after it opened in 1903.
The size I believe, was approx 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide. It was last displayed at the Memorial Exhibition held in the McLellan Galleries Glasgow, on 3rd May 1933, just months after the death of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.
I don't have any further information on the piece. It is now lost.

You can see the inside of the Willow Tearooms at Gerald Blaikie's website here.

Gerald has kindly given permission to use one of his images to illustrate where the design was originally displayed. I have photoshopped an impression of the piece in situ, shown below.

The image above is credited to Gerald Blaikie, and used with permission.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Variation 26.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who put you there and when?