This portrait was perhaps inspired by Fergusson's awareness of the work of Augustus John (1878-1961). John was well-known for his bohemian lifestyle and his admiration for gypsies whom he often painted. Fergusson no doubt felt an affinity with John's unconventional outlook and lifestyle.
During the war years Fergusson spent time in London where The Club that Margaret Morris ran in Chelsea provided a meeting place for many members of the British avant garde. This setting provided him with some continuity with the lively atmosphere of the cafes and bars in Paris that he found so stimulating.
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: 1916
- Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
- Accession number: 1992.24
- Category: Fine Art
- Subject: n/a