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Sorley MacLean (1911–1996)

© the artist. Photo credit: Museum of the Isles

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Poet and writer Iain Crichton Smith once observed, 'with Sorley MacLean one is aware first of all of the passion'. It is this spirit that the Scottish realist painter, Alexander Moffat, captured in his portrait of the Gaelic poet and campaigner Sorley MacLean.

Museum of the Isles





oil on canvas


H 152 x W 91 cm

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Acquisition method

Scottish Arts Council Collection Bequest, 1997

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Inscription description

1. 'Sorley MacLean, Moffat.1979' 2. Scottish Arts Council label cat 81/61 3 Pier Arts Centre Orkney. Third Eye Travelling Exhibition 20 June - 16 July 1981 4. City Art Centre Edinburgh, 'Scotland's Art' 1 July - 2 October 1999


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Armadale Castle, Armadale, Highland IV45 8RS Scotland

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