Female Figure in Floral Hat

Fergusson painted a number of rose-coloured portraits in his later years, pink being a favourite colour. Preparatory sketches were carried out in his studio, which would then culminate in an oil painting, completed over a number of sittings. Sometimes the portraits began as nudes, with clothes added later.

The anonymity characteristic of many of the titles, as here, perhaps reflects Fergusson's desire to protect the reputations of his young, middle-class sitters, as modelling nude was still very much frowned upon. The sitter is unknown but was likely one of Margaret Morris' dance students of the Glasgow years.

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: 1941
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.281
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a