Blonde with Checked Sundress

The unmistakeably Mediterranean mood of this glamorous portrait is typical of Fergusson's late works. In the context of recent art historical debate it would be easy to dismiss such works as voyeuristic and reactionary. However, Fergusson perceived them as the embodiment of a set of modern and liberated values.

Fergusson would have been the first to admit that his love of painting women was rooted in sexual attraction but he was conscious that women were increasingly challenging conventional boundaries in respect of their physical and intellectual capabilities. The mood of the Summer Schools reinforced this.

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: 1958
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.298
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a