The Red Dress, Botanic Gardens

This late work may relate to the more ambitious oil painting, 'Mother and Child (Sheila)' (1992.286). We know that Fergusson made a number of watercolour sketches of Sheila O'Shaunessy in the setting of the Botanic Gardens before embarking on the final portrait. The theme of Mother and Child was unusual.

Parks and gardens had attracted Fergusson from the beginning of his career firstly in the form of Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh and later the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Whilst living in Glasgow for the last twenty years of his life Glasgow Botanic Gardens near his flat, provided a fresh setting.

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 board
  • Date: 1950
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.292
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a