White Dress in Garden

In this tiny oil sketch Fergusson hints at the future direction his work would take, revealing his instinctive feel for the use of pure, bright colour. It heralds a move away from the tonal emphasis of other depictions of the local surroundings such as 'Craigleith Quarry' (1992.327) and 'Princes Street Gardens' (1992.340).

Here, the subject is of very limited importance with the main emphasis placed on the colour contrast between the white dress and the green of the garden. Fergusson empathised closely with the comments of the painter Whistler (1834-1903) who believed that everything except the subject was important in art.

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 panel
  • Date: n/a
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.312
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a