This bust of Naomi Mitchison was commissioned as part of a collection of 12 busts of Scottish Poets, marking their significant contribution to the canon of Scottish Literature.
The Twelve Poets are Sorley MacLean, Hamish Henderson, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochead, Tom Leonard, Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid, Douglas Dunn, Edwin Morgan, Naomi Mitchison, Ian Crichton-Smith and W.S. Graham.
The works were produced by sculptors Michael Snowdon, Bill Scott, Alex Main, Tony Morrow, Archie Forrest, Vincent Butler and David Annand.
The dozen busts are the generous gift of New Edinburgh Limited to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, who commissioned them for Edinburgh Park at the Gyle where the original sculptures may be seen in their landscaped setting. A second bronze cast of each of the portraits was made especially for the national collection.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery was delighted to accept the gift of these twelve portrait sculptures representing major twentieth-century Scottish poets.