The Pond

The collection in Perth contains over twenty small panels like this one. Some date to the earliest stages of Fergusson's painting career, whilst others like this, are later works executed outdoors, as was his preference. Many are vaguely titled so it is difficult to establish if they depict French or Scottish subjects.

Fergusson drew and painted all aspects of nature, from the wild, unruly aspects to more cultivated, formal settings, like this garden pond. It is very unlikely that these tiny works were ever exhibited during the artist's lifetime. Initially Fergusson regarded them as a means of training himself in the use of oils.

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: 1992.314
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a