Bobbie, Champs Elysees

This portrait, like 'The Red Hat, Bobbie' (1992.267) and 'The Ochre Coat' (1992.269), is of Roberta Paflin, an American fashion designer who Fergusson met in Paris c.1930. She subsequently sat for a series of paintings. Fergusson most frequently painted Morris or her dance pupils.

Fergusson preferred to paint those he knew rather than to accept portrait commissions. The main reason for this was that he felt it allowed him greater freedom to paint as he wanted rather than to suit others.

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 canvas
  • Date: 1933
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.268
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a