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Finlay, Ian Hamilton

Finlay, Ian Hamilton (1925–2006). Scots writer, publisher, poet, and garden-designer. From 1966 at Stonypath (or Little Sparta), near Dunsyre, south-west of Edinburgh, he and his wife created a remarkable landscape garden in which water, trees, and plants set off fabriques, inscriptions cut in stone, architectural fragments, sundials, etc., creating an evocative place with many mnemonic triggers linking his work to C18 gardens of allusion. The carving and fine lettering on the monuments was carried out by various individual artists, including Michael Harvey (1931– ) and Alexander Stoddart. Finlay created a ‘Sacred Grove’ in the grounds of the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterloo, The Netherlands, in 1982, and other works.

Bibliography

Abrioux (1992);
Journal of Garden History, i/2 (April–June 1981), 113–144;
Simig et al. (1995)

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