IAN HAMILTON FINLAY

ARTIST’S POSTCARDS

MOWER IS LESS. 1973.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1973.
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. A card which has the title text in green on white in a cursive font. A simple pun about cutting grass is also a comment on minimalism - of which this card is an example. VG+.

WILD HAWTHORN WEAPON SERIES. 1973.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1973.
10.2 x 14cm, 2pp. The first of Finlay's cards to feature the Oerlikon cannon (in a painting by Susan Goodricke which gives the weapon a charming air of romance). The name of the gun is altered to O'Erlikon under the image. VG+.

LANDSCAPE/INTERIOR. 1973.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1973.
8.8 x 19.3cm, 2pp. Artist card with two drawings by Torok which consists of a pink and blue rectangle with horizontal lines denoted as landscape. The second square has the same colouring but has vertical stripes and is labelled Interior. The latter being an image of wallpaper and the former horizons and fields. VG+.

“A CALM IN A TEA-CUP”. AFTER KATE GREENAWAY. 1973.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1973.
16.5 x 13.5cm, 4pp. Artist card which shows a painting by Richard Demarco after a well known and loved slightly kitsch painting by Kate Greenaway of the same title that shows two young women cavorting in a tea cup. Finlay has had Demarco replace the women with a sailing boat (a calm). The Greenaway is a joke based on the saying "storm in a tea cup". This is a hugely popular card by Finlay which appeals to many who have no idea of any other work by the poet. VG+.
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SCHIFF*. 1974. ONE OF 350 SIGNED & NUMBERED COPIES.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
12.7 x 77cm, 8pp. Artist card which opens out to show a calligraphic design using the German word for ship (Schiff) which is printed black and blue in reflection to give the impression of a boat on water (with the fold being the water level). A lovely graphic by Ron Costley who was one of Britain's greatest typographers and one of Finlay's longest lasting collaborators. One of 350 signed and numbered copies. VG+.

THE MEXICAN NAVY. 1974.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. Artist postcard with two drawings by Martin Fidler) which are similar to those jokes often seen in children's comics. The first is "The Mexican Navy - and the image could be seen as both a carrier with circling aircraft and wave AND a sombrero. the second drawing is similar and entitled Sombraero (an alternative spelling of the hat) where the planes appear to be crashing onto the carrier. VG+.

HARLEQUINN. 1974.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
9.9 x 9.9cm, 2pp. A diamond pattern is reproduced in pink and grey. The title refers to the brightly patched or patterned character from commedia dell'arte and Finlay was interested in the paintings of Picasso where such characters were portrayed. Finlay in other works such as La Belle Hollondaise (itself a Picasso painting) displays patches as the main elements in the work: a patch is a repair to save something from being destroyed and in the poet's works is an icon of love or care. VG+.

THE LAST NORFOLK WHERRY. 1974.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
9.5 x 5cm, 12pp (single folded sheet). Black on cheap green card with the text: "Who owned the last Norfolk Wherry" and if the card is turned ninety degrees the answer is given as "Messrs. Woods, Sadd & Moore". and a repeated drawing by Michael Harvey. The card (the least attractive, or interesting that Finlay made to our opinion) regards the loss of the wherry boats that used to be found on the Norwich Broads. Messrs. Woods, Sadd & Moore were barley and seed merchants and Finlay finds the partners' names to be evocative of the countryside and a lost past. VG+.

DEFINITIONS OF LAWNS (2). 1974.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
6.5 x 1.7cm, 6pp. Black on white printed on one side only. The folded card shows on the front an elevation (drawn by Michael Harvey) of a U-Boat conning tower which when the card is opened is additionally shown in end elevation to be a sculpture on grass (a cow is standing next to the structure) and on the final panel a title text and the sub-heading - "Plan for projected U-boat sculpture". VG+.

BOOKMARK. 1974.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
12.6 x 4.7cm, 1pp. Black on blue bookmark with a drawing by Laurie Clark - at the top a ship with seven sails ( a schooner) which despite all of the masts is still only a "Lone Sail" and then an illustration of a double sundial which has been also denoted here as a "schooner" because similarity of the multiple gnomons to multiple sails. VG+

BOBBIN. 1974.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
8.7 x 11.7cm, 4pp. Artist's card with a painting by Karl Torok of a Finlay cotton-reel (also known as a bobbin) tank (a well known way of children to make such toys). The title also refers to the Churchill Bobbins tanks (the bobbin from the reel that was found at the front of these tanks which laid tracks or bridges) although the model here is not accurate to the latter's design. VG+.

SWANS. 1974.

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
6 x 24cm, 4pp (printed internally with asymmetric fold such that part of the card is hidden until opened). Artist's postcard with a drawing by Ron Costley of seven swans - the first 6 are made up from number "2"s and the hidden last one is a "7". A visual poem. VG+.

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