Books on Mackintosh, Thomson, Glasgow

Charles Rennie Mackintosh : Architect, artist, icon

“I cannot recall any previous account which presents so effectively the real enigma of Mackintosh”The Architects’ Journal
‘Book of the Year’The Architects’ Journal 2001

A major biography (2000; second ed 2001) still in print 18 years later

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

“an excellent commentary on Mackintosh’s work.” C R Mackintosh Society Newsletter

A short introduction (1999) republished in 2006


Charles Rennie Mackintosh Pocket Guide

“a lovely little book, its unusual detailed descriptions enjoyable as a reference as well as useful” C R Mackintosh Society Newsletter

Updated annually since1998 and a new edition for Mackintosh’s 150s birthday, 2018

‘The Hill House’

“..John McKean’s entertaining catalogue essay…” Simon Schama, The New Yorker

Essay in book accompanying major international C. R. M. exhibition (1996)


CRM INterior Architect


The book on Mackintosh as Interior Architect was commissioned by Colin Baxter (and to have his photography) many years ago, but dropped by the publisher, leaving only this front jacket. The subject still has never been properly covered. It is an important contribution to Mackintosh studies still waiting for a publisher who would make it a great success!



‘Thomson’s City’

“Thomson’s urban sensibilities, persuasively described by John McKean, are not only surprisingly fascinating but also crucially explanatory” Frank Arneil Walker, Journal of the Royal Society of Arts

Winner, American Institute of Architects’ International Book Award, April 1995.

Essay in major publication on Alexander Thomson (1994, paperback 1999)


‘La Personalità di Glasgow: luci e ombre’

A key chapter in an important Italian study of Glasgow. In R. Bocchi (ed.) Glasgow : Forma e Progetto della Citta , CLUVA/ CLUP (The University Presses of Venice and Milan), 1991; much of the book is illustrated by John McKean’s photographs.


John McKean writes:

“Since the 1960s I have also been writing about Glasgow, where I grew up and studied architecture. I first wrote …

John’s text, and details of all his writing about Glasgow and its architects continues here.