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Portraits of young women wearing fashionable hats are something of a Fergusson trademark. They typify his work of the pre-war years in Paris when hats were large, daring and elaborate. This later example shows continuity but also reflects the new vogue for close-fitting cloche hats in the 1920's.

In fashion terms the modern, stream-lined shapes of the cloche were more demanding, lacking the flattering frame of hair or lace of the Edwardian era and explaining an increasing demand for eye and lip cosmetics. This change is reflected here by the girl's well defined mouth and facial features.

Fergusson loved to paint women and throughout his life tended to focus on youthful glamouress images. Many of Fergusson's models in Paris and later in Britain, had links with the fashion industry. This seems to have fuelled his preference for painting exotic subjects with potential to explore colour and pattern for decorative effect.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1925
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.251
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a