The Artist's Brother

One of a number of early works portraying members of Fergusson's family. Subdued colour, primarily exploring a range of tonal values and displaying concern to create a likeness to the individual which contrasts with the extreme stylisation characteristic of later works. Fergusson was the eldest of four children. He had two sisters, Elizabeth and Christina. Robert was the youngest and his health frail as a child. Fergusson something of a mentor in childhood. Later, Robert emigrated to South Africa where he worked with some success for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Possibly painted at the family home at 16 East Clairmont Street before Fergusson moved to his first studio. At the time of Fergusson's death in 1961 the painting belonged to his brother who was resident in South Africa. 1950's archival correspondence sheds further light on the brothers' relationship.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1898
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.124
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a