Baillie was an art dealer and owner of the Baillie Galleries in London. It was there that Fergusson had his first solo exhibition in 1905, the year after this portrait was painted. The show included 56 exhibits and was successful boosting Fergusson's artistic confidence.
From 1905 onwards Fergusson began to spend increasingly lengthy spells in Paris but he didn't move there until 1907. His desire to do so was prompted by a very favourable review of his work in 'The Studio' magazine and his Father's Will, left after his death in 1906 may also have helped Fergusson financially.
The influential art critic of 'The Sunday Times', Frank Rutter, was one of Fergusson's most important early supporters. He noted that Fergusson could have made a very successful career in London as a portraitist had he decided to pursue this option.
- Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
- Date: 1904
- Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
- Accession number: 1992.232
- Category: Fine Art
- Subject: n/a