Francis Henry Newbery

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1868 - 1928. Architect (study for group portrait The Building Committee of the Glasgow School of Art in the collection... (1914)

About this artwork

As an architect, designer and watercolour painter, Mackintosh, the son of a Glasgow policeman, was the leading representative of the art nouveau style in Scotland. In 1897, while still an apprentice architect, he won the commission to design new premises for Glasgow School of Art, where he had studied. The School's director, Francis Newbery, has painted Mackintosh grasping the plans for the building in his hand. Glasgow School of Art is now recognised as one of the most important buildings of the early twentieth century but Mackintosh left Scotland in 1914, feeling that his work was misunderstood in his native country.

Francis Henry Newbery

Francis Henry Newbery

The son of a Devon shoemaker, Newbery trained at Bridport School of Art. He taught in London and also attended the National Art Training School, South Kensington. In 1885 he was appointed Director of Glasgow School of Art. Under his inspired leadership, the School acquired an international reputation. Amongst his contemporaries, he was associated with the Glasgow Boys, especially John Lavery, James Guthrie and Edward Walton. Newbery supported the young Charles Rennie Mackintosh, commissioning him to design the new building for the expanding School in 1896. In 1918 Newbery retired to Corfe Castle in Dorset where he devoted his time to painting.