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Woman reclining on a beach

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and the changing status of women in the 1920s

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1864-1933)

The Child c.1923

RCIN 927178

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In the 1890s the artist and craftswoman Margaret Macdonald began a collaboration with her sister Frances to create commissioned work including illustrations and paintings. Margaret married the Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1900, and their partnership produced several important interior design schemes characterised by sinuous lines and elegant angles. This style, reflecting the art nouveau movement, is evident in the attenuated forms of this small watercolour of the Madonna and Child. It is one of the last known works by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, whose career was cut short by poor health.