The Branches

From 1923 onwards Morris's Summer Schools found an ideal location at George Davison's newly renovated chateau in the south of France. This tranquil, summery portrait of an unknown sitter may well have been inspired by this idyllic setting, combining the features of an attractive young woman with lush foliage.

In some of his paintings Fergusson forged an almost mystical relationship between his female sitters and nature indicated by titles referring to 'dryads' (tree spirits). This suggests, that as elsewhere in his work, his images went beyond the purely decorative and were intended to convey deeper, symbollic meaning.

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: 1992.307
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a