Alterations to studio for Alexander Stuart-Hill, Chelsea, London

M345 Alterations to studio for Alexander Stuart-Hill, Chelsea, London

Address: 41, Glebe Place, Chelsea, London SW3 5JE
Date: 1920
Client: Alexander Stuart-Hill
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Colour photograph of p. 18 from Mackintosh's Sketcher's Notebook with notes on Stuart-Hill's studio

The painter Alexander Stuart-Hill (1887/8–1948) occupied a studio at 41 Glebe Place, Chelsea, just round the corner from Mackintosh's at 43A. Mackintosh seems to have made a relatively minor alteration to the premises for him: an undated drawing in his Sketcher's Notebook, headed 'Stuart Hill', shows an arch spanned by a lintel, with notes of measurements for 'Studio opening' and 'Street opening' (or possibly 'Stud opening'). 1

Mackintosh's diary records that the work, whatever it entailed, was carried out by Holloway Brothers in the course of an evening and a day, 16–17 November 1920. 2

The building was evidently more than just a work place: Stuart-Hill's obituary in The Times refers to 'the studio which he created in Glebe Place out of an ancient stable ... where with his friend Ivan Phillipowsky, the distinguished pianist, he entertained all London in the pre-war days'. 3 Evelyn Waugh attended a party there in 1927 ('All very refined – hot lobster, champagne cup and music') given by the American singer Turner Layton (1894–1978). 4

Notes:

1: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Sketcher's Notebook, GLAHA 53015/18, M342-001).

2: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408. A further diary entry on 20 November says 'Miss Georgie Fyfe & Stuart Hill party'. This may refer to Georgie Fyfe, the daughter of Glasgow businessman John Fyfe, of Montgomerie Drive, Kelvinside. Like Stuart-Hill, she was involved in humanitarian work during the First World War, serving in the Scottish Ambulance Corps in Belgium: Scotsman, 24 July 1915, p. 10.

3: The Times, 24 February 1948, p. 7.

4: The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, ed. Michael Davie, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976, p. 283.