Pass The Rennies

French Doors by Rennie MacKintosh!GLASGOW’S MOST FAMOUS ARCHITECT IS CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH, WHO WORKED WITH THE LOCAL FIRM OF HONEYMAN AND KEPPIE.

I feel sorry for the chap.  One can imagine that his friends and colleagues never discovered his silly middle name, “Rennie”. I recall that he had the nickname of “Tosh”, and was generally called Charles.  Maybe he got “Chick” or “Chuck”, and he signed “CR Mackintosh”.

However, these days, since his fame overtook that of Alexander “Greek” Thomson, we see everywhere, “Mockintosh” and all sorts of things purporting to be in his style.

His name seems now to be “RENNIE Macintosh” — the “Charles” has all but disappeared!  I see various spellings of the surname — “MacKintosh” (capitalised “K”), “McIntosh”, “MacIntosh” and “McKintosh”.  I feel sad for Charles that his silly, embarrassing middle name is now his most distinctive legacy.

The above sign reads:

“French Doors/ Rennie MacKintosh/ Doors / SUPPLIED & FITTED/ Complete with Brassware”

Mackintosh was never really known for doors, let alone “French Doors”. What exactly ARE “French Doors”?  My understanding of “French Windows” is a set of double Georgian glazed doors.  It is just possible that there is some confusion, and that these “Doors” are in fact “French Windows” — but not in any style associated with Charles Mackintosh!

No wonder he gave up architecture to become a watercolour painter!

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