The Indian Curtain

The sitter for this painting of the Glasgow years remains a mystery, although its likely that she was one of Morris's dance pupils. The repetition of colours and forms seen in the figure and exotic backcloth provide the picture with an overall sense of unity as well as continuity with Fergusson's earlier orientalising portraits.

In 1922 the art critic Frank Rutter wrote, 'The flowered backgrounds which so frequently appeared in his portraits of 1910-1911 were no mere idle decorative accessories...they helped to bring out, to accentuate and simplify, the essential characteristics of the personality portrayed'.

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: 1946
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.287
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a