The dress of a woman who was a pioneer for Glasgow's tearooms is to go under the hammer.

Catherine 'Kate' Cranston was an influential figure in popularising the city's tearooms in the 19th century, including the iconic Willow Tearooms which she commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to design in what became known as the 'Glasgow Style'.

Her image has since been immortalised and today, many of us may recognise Miss Cranston as the lady on the Royal Bank of Scotland's £20 note. 

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She also had an eye for fashion and one of her garments is estimated to fetch between £2000 and £3000 at auction. 

The dress is among the 600 items at Great Western Auctions' Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction, along with oil paintings, jewellery, wine and furniture. 

It has been brought from the estate of textile specialist Liz Mackinlay, whose grandmother was a cousin of Cranston.

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Anita Manning, an auctioneer from Great Western Auctions, said: “Great Western Auctions is delighted to offer for sale this historically significant dress belonging to an important figure in Glasgow’s cultural history in the late 19th and early 20th century.

"Miss Cranston’s tearooms embraced the 'Glasgow Style', created by Charles Rennie Macintosh and his associates, which put this city at the forefront of artistic innovation in Europe and beyond."

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She added: "Kate is chiefly remembered for pioneering the development of the tearoom in Glasgow.

"She promoted the Glasgow Style, garnering international renown for her artistic tearooms among architects and designers.

"As well as displaying Avant Garde interiors, the tearooms served as art galleries to artists including the Glasgow Boys."