Iain Crichton Smith, 1928 - 1998. Poet
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Iain Crichton Smith, 1928 - 1998. Poet about 2004
  • Scottish Art
Ian Crichton Smith was born in Glasgow and spent most of his life on the west coast of Scotland, where he worked as a teacher. He wrote poetry in both English and Gaelic, and his long poem ‘Am Faigh a Ghaidhlig Eas?’ (Shall Gaelic Die?) ponders the fate of that language and culture. Despite being much-loved as a person and poet, Crichton Smith was a troubled man who could be self-deprecating and was often preoccupied with the meaning of human existence. Yet, after watching home movies as an aid to creating the posthumous portrait, the sculptor of this bust wrote that Crichton Smith "always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye. I felt that if I could represent something of this quality then I might have managed to represent something of the man."

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Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.

Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

Bust, Royal Scottish Academy


  • Acc. No. PG 3382
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Height: 29.50 cm
  • Credit Gifted by New Edinburgh Ltd, 2004