At the Pond

Fergusson commonly painted his portraits and nudes against backdrops of trees and foliage. This group of nudes were probably inspired by Morris's dance students as they rested between their classes. Fergusson adapted watercolour sketches of the figures in swimsuits, to nudes, in the final studio oil paintings.

Morris often choreographed dances to echo patterns in nature, such as palm trees, using natural light or water reflections to heighten epressive effect. The closeness between Fergusson and Morris ideas reflects the high degree of harmony that characterised their working and personal relationship.

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: n/a
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.304
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a