When fire ripped through the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in May 2014, gutting the library and destroying original furniture and fittings, the visceral response revealed just how strong a place Charles Rennie Mackintosh holds in the affections of Glasgow, Scotland, and the wider world. His name is now almost synonymous with Glasgow, and his designs market the city, inspired by and promoting romantic notions of the lone genius. An exhibition that opened less than three months later at the Hunterian Art Gallery aimed for a more nuanced account of Mackintosh’s work as an architect than the now well-defined “Mackintosh myth” allows, revealing some of the results of an important four-year research project, funded...

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