Dejeuner au Vatel

This figure scene portrays Margaret Morris with a friend, probably Rita John, enjoying a meal 'alfresco'. The rich collection of exotic fruit and wine bottle hint at the simple pleasures and relaxed lifestyle that typified the couples extended summers in the South of France.

Rita John, an Australian, became a good friend of Fergusson's during the war years when they both lived in London. Her mother had a villa near the Cap d'Antibes, in 'Golfe Juan' to which Rita eventually came to live. Her daughter participated in Morris's Summer School of 1924.

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: 1938
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.277
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a