Landscape at Peebles

Freely executed in oil paint on board. The low horizon line places the emphasis on the clouds billowing in a pale blue sky. The paint is applied thickly its creamy texture illustrating Fergusson's remark 'This substance is reality...and creates a feeling of the fullness of things, like rich earth, foliage, clouds etc'.

In keeping with other early works it was painted outside, direct from nature. This and the pale fresh palette demonstrate Fergusson's ongoing awareness of the techniques of the French Impressionists. Peebles was one of a number of locations near Edinburgh that attracted Fergusson.

On his death in 1961 Fergusson left the largest collection of his works in existence to his partner, Margaret Morris (1891-1980). In 1963 she established the JD Fergusson Art Foundation, who subsequently gifted the entire collection, archive and copyright to Perth and Kinross District Council in November 1991.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1902
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.127
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a