Woman with Fruit at the Dinner Table

Fergusson rarely painted strangers but this portrait represents one of the exceptions. Morris described how on his boat trip to New York in 1928 for a solo exhibition at the Kraushaar Gallery, Fergusson was captivated by a beautiful American woman sitting at the Captain's table.

'Of course Fergusson asked if he might make sketches of her. She sat just opposite him, leaning on her elbows and looking over the centrepiece of fruit with flowers on either side. She looked wonderful. She agreed and I think he gave her one of the sketches'. Later he made at least one oil painting of her.

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: oii paint on canvas
  • Date: n/a
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.306
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a