Girl with a Bang

The title for this work focuses on the heavy fringe, known as a 'bang' that distinguishes the hairstyle of the unidentified sitter. Fergusson continued to focus on images of youthful female beauty and glamour throughout his career his focus on their fashionable accessories dating the works to distinct decades.

Fergusson tended to exaggerate the sexual characteristics of his sitters in both his portraits and nudes. Raymond Drey observed, 'Some of his portraits suffered from this tendency to over-emphasise a voluptuous curve, a pigmentation of the lips and to change slender necks into columns of sculptural form'.

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: 1947
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.289
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a