Lillies

This painting is very closely linked to 'Gloxinias and Fuchsias' (1992.276) also painted in 1938. It shares the same enlarged scale and sculptural treatment of form, plus an emphasis on colour and curving line and pattern. Fergusson attributed the latter feature to the dominant influence of Celtic art on his work.

Fergusson's belief that Celtic peoples were the most creative, encouraged him latterly to stress the importance of his Highland roots and thus to claim his own inherent Celticism. 'Since Edinburgh days, I have been interested in Celtic design - made aware of it, perhaps not surprisingly, by a man called Ross...'.

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: 1992.278
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a