Summer 1914

As the date and title of this painting show, Fergusson often worked from sketches or memories that he had stored away for many years. Here after a twenty year interval, he returned to the first idyllic summer that he and Morris spent together in the south of France in 1914, shortly after they first met.

Morris provided a written parallel to this nostalgic image, recalling, 'the wonder of the summer at the Cap d'Antibes passes all description, Fergus had everything organised...I remember standing on the tiny balcony and saying to myself - nothing can ever be as perfect as this'.

There are related sketches of Morris lying in the hammock that Fergusson had hung under the fig tree in the villa's tiny garden. She remembered lying in it and pulling the ripe figs. The charm of this visit was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 which forced the couple to return to Britain.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: 1934
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.271
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a