Sorley MacLean [Somhairle MacGill-Eian], 1911 - 1996. Poet (About 2004)
About this artwork
Sorley MacLean was arguably the most significant Scottish Gaelic poet of the twentieth century. Born in 1911 on the Isle of Raasay, MacLean grew up surrounded by Gaelic culture and song. After finishing his degree in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, MacLean fought in North Africa during the Second World War. In 1943 he was discharged and returned to Scotland where he took up a career in teaching. That same year he published his groundbreaking collection of Gaelic poetry, ‘Dain do Eimhir’, which demonstrates the capacity of Gaelic to express themes ranging from love to political and intellectual issues. His work remained little-known outside the Gaelic-speaking world until the 1970s, when he came to the attention of a wider public by publishing in both Gaelic and English.
- title: Sorley MacLean [Somhairle MacGill-Eian], 1911 - 1996. Poet
- accession number: PG 3386
- artist: Bill ScottScottish (1935 - 2012)
- depicted: Sorley MacLean
- gallery: On Loan
- object type: Sculpture
- subject: Writing and literature
- materials: Bronze
- date created: About 2004
- measurements: Height: 32.00 cm
- credit line: Gifted by New Edinburgh Ltd, 2004
- copyright: © THE ARTIST
Bill Scott was born in Moniaive, Dumfriesshire in 1935. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in the 1950s and afterwards at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. After a brief period of teaching in Fife, in 1961 he returned to Edinburgh where he taught at ECA and eventually became Head of Sculpture from 1990-7. In 1994 Scott was appointed professor of the Faculty of Art and Design at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. He was chairman of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. As a sculptor himself, Scott often worked on a small scale and used a wide variety of materials including wood, marble bronze, plaster and ceramic. He was President of the Royal Scottish Academy from 2007-12.