Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Gregarious by nature, Fergusson was particularly attracted to this lively location and it is one of a number of early views of his local surroundings in Edinburgh. The scene was painted outside from his portable paintbox, which enabled him to record the lighting and atmosphere particular to the weather and time of day. Both the simplified treatment and the subject-matter reveal the influence of the American artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), whom Fergusson admired and regarded as something of a role model due to his artistic rebellion against traditional methods and received ideas. A number of the titles included in Fergusson's first solo exhibition at The Baillie Galleries, London in 1905 were of Edinburgh scenes similar to this.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1890
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.121
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a