Art: Spooky Grandpa

If Britain has produced no modern architect to rival such contemporary giants as France's Le Corbusier, Germany's Walter Gropius or the U.S.'s Frank Lloyd Wright, it can at least lay claim to a granddaddy of them all: a brilliant turn-of-the-century Scot named Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The subject of a recent biography and the star of a recent exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, Mackintosh is currently Topic A in England's intellectual reviews and arty party conversations.

Vegetable Writhings. Glasgow-born in 1868, Mackintosh made his fame at the end of the 19th century...

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