Landscape with Figure

Although Fergusson initially gained a place at the Trustees' Academy in Edinburgh he gave up after a short time and decided to teach himself to paint. This decision was an early sign of his strong, independent character and the fundamental principle of freedom that underlay his entire artistic outlook.

When teaching himself to paint he adapted a cigar box to hold small pieces of board, alongside paints and cut-down brushes, with the lid of the box doubling as his palette. With this portable paint-box he was free to record scenes spontaneously as and when he chose both inside and outdoors, like this one.

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 card
  • Date: n/a
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.313
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a