Milne's Bar
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Milne's Bar Dated 1986
  • Scottish Art
Edinburgh’s Milne’s Bar on Rose Street was an important place for Bellany during his art college days. It was where Hugh MacDiarmid spent a great deal of time and it was where Bellany and his friends, Alexander Moffat and Alan Bold, joined in with MacDiarmid’s discussions on a range of subjects relevant to their artwork and ambitions. This etching belongs to a series of prints that principally belong to the period from 1982-6. It demonstrates a bolder, more definitive line than his earlier etchings.

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A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2999
  • Medium Etching on paper (4/50)
  • Size 48.70 x 32.60 cm (paper 65.00 x 50.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1986