GETTY/TWITTERRuth Davidson sparked a sexism row on Twitter
Ms Davidson posted the image of the X-Files star in lingerie before she jetted off on holiday for two weeks.
Alongside the picture, the openly gay politician wrote: “Right, I'm off for a fortnight. In the mean time, here's @GillianA just sitting round the house in stilettos & seamed stockings. As you do.”
SNP politicians were quick to condemn their Holyrood rival’s post, which has been liked more than 4,000 times.
James Dornan, the SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, called Ms Davidson an “eejit”.
Gillian Martin, the SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire East, asked if Ms Davidson's constituency office was “like the inside of a 70s building site Portakabin with Page 3s cello-taped to the wall”.
There were users who suggested that if a man had uploaded the same picture it would have been deemed unacceptable.
One Twitter user replied: “Not questioning Gillian Anderson's right to be photographed. However, imagine for a moment Alex Salmond or John Swinney