Figures on Cliff Top

Landscape, like still life and portraiture, was a theme that attracted Fergusson from his earliest days. In terms of the Scottish landscape there were a series of concentrated bursts of activity. As a young man in Edinburgh, the local scenery provided a natural source of interest while he taught himself to paint.

The first landscapes were small scale, having been observed direct from life outdoors. His later landscapes, painted in the studio, were more ambitious in scale by contrast. In common with other works of a similar date, the colours are subdued and atmospheric in effect.

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: 1992.336
  • Category: Fine Art
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