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The James M MacLaren Society celebrates the life and works of James MacLaren (1853 - 1890), a Scottish architect who was at the forefront of the Arts and Crafts movement, designed outstanding buildings in Scotland, London and the Canary Islands, and was a major influence on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Sir Robert Lorimer.

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920, emerging in Japan in the 1920s. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and was essentially anti-industrial. It had a strong influence on the arts in Europe until it was displaced by Modernism in the 1930s

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