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Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been hailed as a pioneer of modernism. However, he was perhaps truer to the arts and crafts movement, from which he sprang, than has been realized. Mackintosh was one of a group of architects known as The Four who met as students at the Glasgow School of Art. Macaulay explores the artistic legacy of Mackintosh and his relationship with The Four, as well as the role of their patrons in the development of a new elegance. Macaulay draws extensively on numerous archival sources --- the minutes and correspondence relating to the Glasgow School of Art, educational and ecclesiastical records as well as sketchbooks in Dublin and the rediscovered archive of the Glasgow Art Club. Sadly, what has not come to light, and probably never will now, is biographical information about the private lives of The Four --- but that is perhaps much as they would have wished. What does survive is a body of work --- buildings, furniture, drawings and paintings which continue to be a source of inspiration for architects and artists today. With both historic photographs and modern images of Mackintosh's major works taken by the noted architectural photographer Mark Fiennes, this is an essential and beautiful addition to the Mackintosh cannon and to architectural history.