The Red Hat, Bobbie

This is one of a series of paintings that Fergusson made of Roberta (Bobbie) Paflin. Like Anne Estelle Rice (1877-1959) whom Fergusson painted frequently during the pre-1914 period in Paris, Paflin was an American fashion artist recording the latest Parisian collections for American magazines.

In 1929 Fergusson and Morris had returned to France and settled once more in Paris. Three years later Fergusson moved to another studio while Morris returned to London to continue with her own work commitments. It was around this time that Fergusson and Morris first became friendly with Paflin.

Fergusson painted several portraits of Paflin in the Luxembourg Gardens as well as two others in the collection, 'Bobbie, Champs Elysees' (1992.268) and 'The Ochre Coat' (1992.269) Paflin returned to America on the outbreak of World War II and became an illustrator of children's books.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1933
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.267
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a