La Chatelaine

The identity of the sitter for this dignified portrait is unknown but according to the title she was the owner of a French Chateau. It may have been painted in the south of France but more likely perhaps, the Loire Valley, where Fergusson and Morris visited their friend the American sculptor Jo Davidson in the 1930's.

It was whilst staying with Davidson in 1938 that Fergusson listened with growing concern to radio reports about the escalating international tensions that would ultimately lead to another World War. On his return to Paris, Fergusson set about making plans to leave France and return home to Scotland once more.

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: 1992.279
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a