People, Places & Piazzas: The Life & Art of Charles Hodge Mackie



First biography of this unjustly over-looked artist

Charles Hodge Mackie , R.S.A., R.S.W. (1862 – 1920) was well-connected in artistic circles. In France, he met Gauguin, Vuillard and the Nabis; he was a close friend of E.A. Hornel; and he taught Laura Knight how to lay out her palette – some of the ‘people’ by whom he was influenced and whom he, in turn, helped. In terms of ‘places’, his art and life are associated with a variety of locations, including Kirkcudbright, Staithes, Paris, Normandy, Italy, and Venice and its piazzas.

In Edinburgh, where his studio was located, he made a significant contribution to the city’s artistic and social life, as a founder member and chairman of the Society of Scottish Artists, as well as carrying out mural commissions for Patrick Geddes. He also worked in an impressive range of media: oils, watercolours, murals, woodblock prints, tooled leather and sculpture.   

  • The first publication to examine Mackie in depth:
  • Makes  use of new research, bringing many archival and unpublished sources to public view for the first time. These include the Patrick Geddes archive at the University of Strathclyde; Broughton House letters; SSA records in the City Archives; letters in the University of Edinburgh Special Collections; family papers in the National Library of Scotland; records in the Scottish Arts Club; and, family photographs and correspondence located in Australia.
  • Lavishly illustrated, with work held in public collections, such as the City Art Centre in Edinburgh and Perth Art Gallery, and many works from private collections.
  • The City Art Centre, Edinburgh will host a Memorial Exhibition in 2020 to mark 100 years since Mackie’s death. This would be the first major Mackie Exhibition since his last Memorial Exhibition in 1921.

Extent:  176pp
Size:  244 x 172mm
Illustrations:  over 40 full colour
Binding:  softback
ISBN: 978-1-908326-91-1