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John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)


John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
signed, dedicated and dated 'TO FAITH/FROM/JD FERGUSSON/Paris 13 Juin/1913/Painted Paris 1909' (on the reverse)
oil on artist's board
7½ x 9½ in. (19 x 24 cm.)
Chipperfield Evans.
Private collection, France.

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Fergusson first visited Paris around 1897 and continued to make annual visits there. In 1907 he moved to Paris and rented his first studio at 18 Boulevard Edgar Quintet. In 1909, the year in which he painted the present work, he was elected a sociétaire of the Salon d'Automne, and he left Paris in late 1913 to travel south to Cassis.

Fergusson produced many small oil sketches both in France and Scotland in the period circa 1900-1910. They included street scenes, landscapes and seascapes. He painted them en plein air using a special paint box that he had made out of a cigar box, which held small wooden panels, brushes and oil paints. In this way he was able to produce fluid oil sketches outdoors, inspired by the Impressionists. The brushwork, subject and approach in the present work is very much in line with these small sketches of this early period.

We are very grateful to Jenny Kinnear, The Fergusson Gallery, Perth, for preparing the catalogue entries for lots 82 and 88.

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