Hugh McKay Baillie Scott

(1865—1945) architect

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A leading figure in the late Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain, Baillie Scott was widely known in Germany and Austria through the frequent appearance of his work in the pages of the widely read magazine the Studio. As a result, along with the designer C. R. Ashbee, in 1897 he was commissioned to design the dining and drawing rooms for the Neue Palais of Ernst Ludwig, the Grand Duke of Hesse, in Darmstadt where there was a thriving artistic colony (see Darmstadt Artists' Colony). These rooms also contained many items of furniture designed by Baillie Scott. After training as an architect in Bath, from 1886, three years later Baillie Scott moved to the Isle of Man, where he studied at the School of Art. He was influenced by C. F. A. Voysey's architecture and A. H. Mackmurdo's furniture and wallpapers but was in turn seen as a significant designer in his own right. In 1905 Hermann Muthesius, the German design writer, educator, and architectural attaché at the German Embassy in London, published his influential exposition of the English Arts and Crafts, Das Englische Haus, containing illustrations of Baillie Scott's work. Baillie Scott also designed furniture, interiors, and other work for the Deutsche and Dresdener Werkstätten in the years leading up to the First World War, a period in which his architectural work also featured frequently in the Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art.

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