- Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925–2006
- Screenprint on paper
- Image: 565 x 687 mm
- Purchased 1983
P07932 Midway I 1977
Two screenprints [P07932-P07933] each approx. 22 1/4 × 27 (565 × 687), printed at Girdwood and published by the Wild Hawthorn Press in an edition of about 300
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983
The Battle of Midway in June 1942 marked the turn of the war in the Pacific to America's favour. Finlay's image, composed of a sheet of lettering in Latin and English at the right and an image of beehives with the names of ships at the left, represents the Japanese and American aircraft carriers whose planes, fuelled by petrol piped like honey through hives, flew far to engage the enemy, although the ships themselves did not come in sight of one another. The rosebushes represent the lush distances of ocean which concealed the rival fleets. Finlay frequently uses Latin, as in this and other works described here, to signify the epic or the arcane.
This and the following entries [P07625-P07634 and P07645-P07647] have all been approved by the artist.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986