January 1998

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1997
10.5 x 7.6cm, 4pp card which reads

doves
dhows

distance
dhows

drifting
doves

On the back of the card Finlay explains "A winter scene is set down in six words, two of which occur twice." A dhow is a middle eastern boat.VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1997
5.5 x 21cm, 1pp typographic card which reads PLOUGH-RED/HARROW-RED/LOEB-RED. The farming of the land is compared with the bright red dust cover colour of the "Loeb" edition of Virgil's Eclogues and Georgics, poems that deal with agriculture . VG+.

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Paris: Editions 9 février, 1997
24 x 18cm, unpaginated plus printed boards - all bound in a thick metal spiral. A joint artists' book in which Jacques Roubaud takes three of Boltanski's "list" books (The work people of Halifax, Liste des Suisses morts dans le Canton du Valais en 1991 and Liste des artistes ayant participe a la Biennale de Venice 1895 - 1995) and utlising different arbitrary rules re-orders the names into 99 different lists.
This is followed by a number of unidentified portraits of people printed on semi-transparent paper which are split into three sections allowing parts of the faves to be rearranged to create "new" portraits. In some manner this latter re-organisation of the facial features reflects Roubaud's re-categorisation.
The cover displays the two artists but with their portraits cut up and recombined to create a new image. VG+. ...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1997
7.6 x 23.8cm, 4pp card with a drawing of a boat by Gary Hincks. The reference is to Briton Riviere an Edwardian painter who often painted the "chaloupes" of the Breton sardine fishery (form of rowing boat with sails) - here the boat is marked with a boat registration "C". Finlay also made a wooden sculpture with this theme. VG+.

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43 x 57 x 15cm, stone with red paint. Executed in 1998. Unique sculpture with a relief image displaying the sails of a boat that has been “patched”. This work relates to similar works by Finlay including postcards and prints where the patching of a sail is compared to that of a poor person’s clothing - but also references Picasso’s harlequins with their colourful divisions of clothing and patches on windmill sails. The work was created for IHF after his instruction by Andrew Whittle.
The work comes with the original custom made painted wood stand and base - c. 150 x 65 x 20cm.
Previously exhibited at
Barcelona, Fundacio Joan Miró, 'Ian Hamilton Finlay: Variations on Different Themes', February - March 1999
St Ives, Tate St Ives, 'Ian Hamilton Finlay, Maritime Works', March - June 2002
Edinburgh, Ingleby Gallery, 'Ian Hamilton Finlay', June - July 2009
Purchased from Frank and Lorna Dumphy Collection via auction and prior sale from the artist to the collection via Ingleby Gallery in 2001

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