22nd June 2007 at 01:00
A Charles Rennie Mackintosh Dolls' House Created By A London Couple Who "Fell In Love" With The Work Of Scotland'S Most Famous Architect Years Ago, Has Gone On Show At Scotland Street School Museum In Glasgow.

Margaret And Michael Hartley Fell Under The Spell Of Mackintosh During A Visit To His Native City In The s And Decided To Create A Miniature House That Would "Capture The Spirit" Of The Designer.

Alison Brown, Curator Of Mackintosh In Miniature: Dolls' House Delights At The Museum, Says: "The Hartleys, Who Spent Many Hours On Research And Made Several Return Trips To Glasgow Before Beginning Work On This Unique Project, Decided To Create The Interiors Within A Townhouse That Was Designed By Mackintosh In But Never Built."

The Townhouse Contains Replicas Of Rooms From A Number Of Houses Where Mackintosh And His Wife Actually Lived, And Includes A Staircase Based On One From The Architect'S Most Famous Building, The Glasgow School Of Art.

"The Attention To Detail Is Fantastic," Says Ms Brown. "The Hartleys Have Even Created Dried Flower Arrangements Made From Plants Gathered Near The House In Suffolk Where Mackintosh Lived For A Time."

The House, Which Was Gifted To Glasgow Museums By The Couple Earlier This Year, Will Be Shown Alongside A Miniature Of The Ladies' Luncheon Room, Designed By Mackintosh For Glasgow Tearoom Entrepreneur Kate Cranston.

Ms Brown Says: "This Is A Show For All Ages. Children Will Be Fascinated By The Small Scale Of These Environments, And Adults Will Be Amazed By The Work That Has Gone Into Their Creation."

The Exhibition, Which Runs Until September , Is Complemented By An Events And Activities Programme.


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