Ochre Coat

Despite the difference in hair colour and style between this work and 'Bobbie: Champs Elysees' (1992.268) this is another modish portrait of the same sitter, Roberta Paflin. It is likely that her own work as a fashion designer may have encouraged her to experiment with her appearance.

Fergusson consistently stressed the importance of conveying his emotional response to the subject-matter over and above his desire to create a realistic likeness of his sitter. This led him to focus on colour and form and to adopt an increasingly stylized and simplified approach to sitters' facial features.

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: 1992.269
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a