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

Yachts sailing past Eden Rock, Cap d'Antibes; The raft, Eden Rock, Cap d'Antibes (illustrated)

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John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
Yachts sailing past Eden Rock, Cap d'Antibes; The raft, Eden Rock, Cap d'Antibes (illustrated)
the second inscribed with artist's notes
the first pencil and charcoal; the second pencil and watercolour
7¾ x 5¾ in. (19.6 x 14.5 cm.); 7¾ x 57/8 in. (19.6 x 15 cm.)
Executed in 1924 (2)
Provenance
Presented to the present owners by Margaret Morris, the artist's wife.
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Notice to Buyers Resident in Scotland Payment and collections may be made immediately following the end of the sale until 7.00pm. Collections may be made on Friday, 27 October 2000 from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm, after which all lots purchased by Scottish residents will be transported free of charge to either our Glasgow office, tel 44(0)141 332 8134 or to our Edinburgh office, tel 44(0)131 225 4756 where they will be available from 9.00 am on Monday, 30 October. Notice to Buyers outside Scotland Purchases made by buyers with addresses outside Scotland will be transferred to Christie's, 8 King Street, London SW1, for collection from noon on Monday, 30 October 2000. Purchases are only insured for a period of seven working days following the sale.

Lot Essay

Fergusson first visited Antibes, Cap d'Ail in 1913 and thereafter he and his wife Margaret Morris made regular visits until the artist's death in 1961. Morris wrote, 'Fergus got much inspiration, and did hundreds of sketches over the years, from which he painted many pictures. In the watercolours he usually used touches of colour indicating the costumes worn, but in the oils he usually made the figures nude, though he never actually saw them that way' (M. Morris, The Art of J.D. Fergusson, Glasgow, 1973, p. 150).

In the 1920s Margaret held Summer Schools for her dancers in Antibes. At the invitation of the proprietor of the Hotel du Cap they would often bathe at Eden Roc. 'He begged Fergus and myself to come and bathe at Eden Roc, to support his few guests! So we did, though we much preferred the seclusion of the chateau bathing place' (M. Morris, op. cit., p. 152).
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