An early publication by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and other contemporaries connected with the Glasgow School of Art is now available in digital form through VADS, the U.K.’s Visual Arts Data Service. The publication, entitled The Magazine, was handwritten and circulated among Mackintosh and his circle. It consists of four volumes of poetry, essays and illustrations in different media, including pen and ink, watercolour, photogravure and etching, published between 1893 and 1896.
The digitization project developed when the GSA’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh collection was named as a Recognised Collection of National Importance by Museums Galleries Scotland in 2009. The GSA received £36,988 in recognition grant funding, and this allowed the School to provide conservation for the four volumes of the magazine, and to digitize them with the aim of minimising further damage to their fragile contents.
The entire digitized contents are available for download for educational and research purposes from the VADS collection Glasgow School of Art: The Magazine.