The Sleeping Princess gesso panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh was
completed in 1906 and is set into a recess above the fireplace in the
Drawing Room of The Hill House.
Many years later in 1985 Agnes Blackie, who lived in the newly completed house, remembered watching Margaret
Macdonald working on this panel, and described how she
" used a piping bag like you would if you were icing a cake, and then stuck things onto the plaster. It was very beautiful."
It was this conversation, recorded by Alistair Moffat, that enlightened
Jenny and myself as to the technique Margaret Macdonald used to create
her gesso panels.
This led, after much research, experiment and practice, to us being able
to start the actual physical work on the series of gesso panels in the
Dining Room of the House for an Art Lover.
Size of print: 333mm x 622mm
( 13" x 24.5" )