This blog is to remember the 90th anniversary of the death of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who died 10 December 1928.
There’s a wonderful illustrated letter  in Archives & Collections in the Gaskin collection, MS 2945, from Joseph Southall about a visit he and Arthur Gaskin made to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald in about 1905.
Dearies,  both of you
Tis so pleasant to get your letters in the morning & to hear that you feel better. Well I am having a busy time here but very interesting & of course it is flattering to hear that one is well thought of including you my dear — all this in fact we seem looked upon as one.
We went for a game this morning such pretty links I did not shine with borrowed clothes & club tho’ I put my man 5 down.
Well last night we went to call on the Mackintoshs. Now Mackintosh & his wife are the inventors of the Glasgow School. She that is Mrs Mac is a most charming young lady – I was quite gone. I assure you. I also think that you would like her. Let me see if I can draw you the room.Mrs Mac (rather early 60s. beautiful hair) Mrs Newby (aesthetic, intense)
The room is tones of white.
Two pipe racks in fender. Smoked and signed by more or less notable people. Your’s ‘umbly for instance.They are interested in your work & she is to my mind especially charming. He is rather stout and jovial but their art has such a queer mad look though they are both extremely able.
Ta ta lots of love to you both
This archive collection is a joy to look at, with many illustrations in Southall’s letters to Gaskin. Many of these illustrate Gaskin playing golf – obviously a hobby he enjoyed, and was teased about.