Ian Hamilton FinlayLet Perish the Money Tyrants 1982

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Artist
Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925‑2006)
Title
Let Perish the Money Tyrants
Date 1982
MediumLithograph on paper
Dimensionsimage: 305 x 432 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
P07929
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Catalogue entry

P07929 [from] Posters from the Little Spartan War 1982 [P07927-P07930; complete]

Four linocuts each approx. 12 × 17 (305 × 432), printed by Nicholas Sloan at Parrett Press, Martock, and published by the Wild Hawthorn Press in an edition of about 100
Not inscribed
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

P07927
The Arts Council Must be Utterly Destroyed

P07928
Death to the Arts Council

P07929
Let Perish the Money Tyrants

P07930
Peace to the Cottages - War to the Arts Council

Each poster is a Latin text, cut and printed by Nicholas Sloan. They are, respectively: ‘CONCILIUM/ ARTUM/DELENDUM/EST’, ‘MORS/CONCILIO/ ARTUM/’, ‘PEREANT/TYRANNI/NUMMARI’ and ‘PAX. TUGURIIS/BELLUM. CONC/ARTIUM’; the translations are the artist's. In 1982, as part of Finlay's campaign against Strathclyde Region's attempts to extract rates for the Temple in his garden on the fallacious basis of it being a commercial gallery, these printed texts were fly-posted on the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish Arts Council building and other places in Edinburgh… (read more)

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