Part Seen, Imagined Part
The drawing shows a woman standing amid a flowering rose bush and wrapped in a Japanese kimono-like gown. Part Seen, Imagined Part is an early study for the mural frieze that Mackintosh designed for Miss Cranston's Buchanan Street Tea Rooms - his first commission from the tea room entrepreneur. The female figure in a white gown and wrapped in rose briars was repeated around the room like an unbroken procession. It would have been a very striking and unusual decoration for the time. This work was exhibited at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition in London in 1896. It is not clear whether it was exhibited in this frame made by friend and fellow designer Talwin Morris.