Iain Crichton Smith, 1928 - 1998. Poet
© Alexander Moffat

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Iain Crichton Smith, 1928 - 1998. Poet 1980
  • Scottish Art
This work is part of a series of portraits of Scottish poets commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council. At this time in Scotland there existed an outstanding generation of poets which included Iain Crichton Smith. Smith 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.

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  • Acc. No. PG 3073
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 90.00 x 151.50 cm (framed: 104.78 x 166.50 x 5.08 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Scottish Arts Council 1997