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Poets' Pub
© Alexander Moffat

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Poets' Pub 1980

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  • Scottish Art
Moffat's group portrait is an imaginary vision of the major Scottish poets and writers of the second half of the twentieth century gathered around the central figure of Hugh MacDiarmid. From left to right, they are: Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley Maclean, Iain Crichton Smith, George Mackay Brown, Sydney Goodsir Smith, Edwin Morgan and Robert Garioch. In the foreground is Alan Bold and, on the steps behind, the art critic, John Tonge. The setting is an amalgam of the interiors of their favourite drinking haunts in Edinburgh: Milne's Bar, the Abbotsford and the Café Royal.


  • Acc. No. PG 2597
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 183.00 x 244.00 cm (framed: 196.00 x 257.00 x 5.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1983