Earlier this month the University of Edinburgh obtained two works by Ann Marie Gilmore for its extensive institutional collection. These were the 1980s watercolour “Andean Boy” and a giclee print of the 1986 drawing “the Old (College) Quad” (pictured) Following a meeting with Neil Lebeter, Deputy Head of Museums, to mark the acquisition the artist’s brother, Professor Bill Gilmore, expressed the delight of the family at this development, saying:
“Ann Marie studied at the Edinburgh College of Art in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Though then an independent institution, dating back to 1760, it has recently merged with the University of Edinburgh. Her works now join an impressive and extensive collection which includes pieces by some of those who taught her and others with whom she studied”.
He also noted that in their discussions Neil had remarked that the collection held by the University contains relatively few images of the Old College, the iconic heart of the institution. Ann Marie’s pen and ink drawing perhaps is the only one which captures the curious misuse of its Quadrangle as a car park over many years in the last century. As the photograph below indicates the cars are now gone and its architectural glory is now much more appropriately framed. The Old College is also the location of the Talbot Rice Gallery of the University.