Three Submarines

In 1918 Fergusson was called up for military service. He was just within the calling up age but very fit, passing his medical with the top A1 grading. His main concern however was a forthcoming exhibition to be held at the Connell Gallery in London later that year.

Ultimately, he secured a commission from the Ministry of Information to paint a series of paintings of Porstmouth Dockyard. He spent six weeks there gathering sketches and ideas from which he went on to paint a distinctive series of works now known as his Portsmouth Dockyard series.

Fergusson used a high degree of artistic licence in his portrayals of subject matter in general but this small study is a recognisable depiction of submarines. Perhaps it was painted direct from life in front of the subject, as he enjoyed working outdoors on more modestly scaled panels.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1918
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.239
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a