Ian Hamilton Finlay CBE
During the eighties The Scottish Gallery enjoyed a productive relationship with Ian Hamilton Finlay. Bill Jackson was a frequent visitor to Stonypath and many important pieces were sold culminating with the sale of Nine Columns to the Kunstmuseum in Dusseldorf. The 1981 sandstone piece carved by John Andrew had been displayed at Inverleith house prior to the removal of the SNGMA to Belford Road. It explores the relationship between antiquity, modernism and the Third Reich and the sale represented the first sale of a Finlay piece to a German Museum.