Dark Trees by the Kelvin

After settling in Glasgow in 1939, the local surroundings such as the River Kelvin provided the focus for several oil paintings. Although Fergusson is thought of primarily as a painter of the human figure he also demonstrated a fascination for nature which he carried from his schooldays into his maturity.

Fergusson attributed his love of trees to his parents Highland ancestry. 'I've always liked trees; my father tried hard to interest me in them...My father's people had lived for generations, perhaps more than a thousand years, among trees and I have painted and drawn them all my life, wherever I went'.

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: 1944
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.305
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a