Spanish Senorita in Mantilla

Fergusson travelled to Spain in 1901 and there are only a handful of surviving paintings relating to this trip. This modestly scaled example depicts the head and shoulders of a woman wearing a mantilla. In keeping with other early works colour is very limited with a focus on tonal values.

It is possible that Fergusson was influenced by the Spanish artist Velazquez as there was a revival of interest in his work triggered by the publication of R.A.M Stevenson's monograph.

Fergusson was experimenting with a number of styles at this time and used square ended brushes to build up a faceted treatment of the subject in this example.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1900 (circa)
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.126
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a