By the Kelvin

Fergusson deliberately used a degree of artistic licence in his portraits to obtain the most satisfying overall effect for the finished work. One sitter recalled that she was painted with black hair when Fergusson saw her hair wet, having just been washed. The identity of the sitter here is unknown.

Fergusson's lack of concern for creating likenesses was parallelled by an increasing tendency to stylize the facial features of sitters, both in portraits and figure compositions. This led to the creation of a recognisable 'Fergusson style' woman, here depicted by the River Kelvin near his Glasgow studio.

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: 1942
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.285
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a