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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Glasgow (printed and published)

  • Date:

    2008 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gray, Alasdair, born 1934 - died 2019 (artist)
    Glasgow Print Studio (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LP, shelf 23

Alasdair Gray (born 1934) is a Scottish writer and artist, who trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art. He has continued to paint, and to make prints, alongside and often integrated with his writing. His most acclaimed work is his first novel Lanark, published in 1981 and written over a period of almost 30 years. It is now regarded as a classic, and has been described as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction." Gray's works combine elements of realism, fantasy and science fiction, plus clever use of typography and his own illustrations. He has also written on politics, in support of socialism and Scottish independence. In addition to illustrating his own books he has also made prints such as this in which illustration takes precedent over the text. This print is one of five which illustrate (and give the text of) Gray's own poems; they are very characteristic of his graphic style, and the wit and inventiveness of his illustration.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Glasgow (printed and published)


2008 (printed and published)


Gray, Alasdair, born 1934 - died 2019 (artist)
Glasgow Print Studio (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

for the Victoria & Albert via Beth McKillop - Alasdair Gray - 23.12.2008
Inscription, signature, date; all in pencil


Height: 76 cm, Width: 56 cm

Descriptive line

Alasdair Gray: Corruption. 2008. Screenprint from the 'Poems' series.

Production Note

Attribution note: From an edition of 60


Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Nude; Lovers; Pregnancy; Poem


Prints; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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