JD Fergusson's Sketches

JD Fergusson's Sketches

Featuring in 'A Celtic Vision'

We are delighted to present a carefully curated group of sketches by JD Fergusson that represent the various and most notable facets of Fergusson’s works on paper in our forthcoming auction of a single owner collection of Scottish art A Celtic Vision: A Private Collection of Scottish Paintings - taking place on 25th February.

 

It would not be an overstatement to say that a sketchbook and pencil were fundamental to Fergusson’s practice. He produced hundreds of drawings, many of which are now housed in museum collections, or treasured on the walls of private homes. Drawing from life, whether it be the patrons of a bustling Parisian café or one of his partner Margaret Morris’ dancers, Fergusson’s sketches demonstrate his vocation to his craft, and frequently capture the joie de vivre which permeates so much of his work. He would later urge his pupils to adopt the practice, explaining: “you are training your eye to see and your hand to respond”.

 

LOT 18 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | WOMAN IN A LARGE HAT Pencil | 27cm x 23cm (10.5in x 9in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes, J.D. Fergusson - Unseen Works, 2013/14, no.5 £2,000 - £3,000 + fees
LOT 18 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | WOMAN IN A LARGE HAT
Pencil | 27cm x 23cm (10.5in x 9in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes, J.D. Fergusson - Unseen Works, 2013/14, no.5
£2,000 - £3,000 + fees

 

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 The selection offered here for sale demonstrates a conscious attempt to represent the various and most notable facets of Fergusson’s works on paper. This well curated group illustrates the evolution from the tight, academic hatching of his early Edinburgh mode, seen here in the beautifully executed ‘Woman in a Large Hat’, to the angular and economic lines of his mature technique which reveal an absorption of Cubist tendencies from his time on the Continent.

 

JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) WOMAN WITH CLOSED EYES
LOT 25 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | WOMAN WITH CLOSED EYES
Conté drawing | 25.5cm x 20cm (10in x 8in) | Exhibited: The Scottish Gallery, J.D. Fergusson - La Vie Boheme, no.45
£1,500 - £2,000 + fees

 

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His iconic head studies of sensuous and idealised women seem in their simplicity and solidity to relate closely to his sculptural works; most notably his remarkable ‘Eastre: Hymn to the Sun’.

 

LOT 21 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) FIGURES PROMENADING HARLECH Conté drawing | 17cm x 12cm (6.5in x 4.75in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes, A Tribute to Fergus 2004, no.116 £1,000 - £1,500 + fees
LOT 21 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | FIGURES PROMENADING HARLECH
Conté drawing | 17cm x 12cm (6.5in x 4.75in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes, A Tribute to Fergus 2004, no.116
£1,000 - £1,500 + fees

 

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His highly structural landscape ‘Figure Promenading, Harlech’ draws to mind Cezanne’s cleverly receding vistas, combined with a dynamism of movement that shows a close familiarity with the Vorticist movement. Margaret Morris, Fergusson's partner, held her summer dance school in Harlech in 1919 and 1921. This drawing probably dates from 1921.

 

JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) SELF PORTRAIT

LOT 17 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | SELF PORTRAIT
Conté drawing | 19cm x 12cm (7.5in x 4.75in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes, J.D.Fergusson - Unseen Works, 2013/14, no.73.
£1,500 - £2,000 + fees

 

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The dashing ‘Self Portrait’ sees Fergusson use himself as model. These studies frequently lean towards caricature; his strong, angular features lending themselves well to being broken down into simplistic shapes for compositional effect.

 

LOT 19 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | FLOWERS AND FRUIT 1911 Signed verso, inscribed and dated on label verso, pen and ink and wash | 12cm x 11cm (4.75in x 4.25in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes J.D.Fergusson Drawings, 2014/2015 | £2,000 - £3,000 + fees
LOT 19 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | FLOWERS AND FRUIT 1911
Signed verso, inscribed and dated on label verso, pen and ink and wash | 12cm x 11cm (4.75in x 4.25in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes J.D.Fergusson Drawings, 2014/2015
£2,000 - £3,000 + fees

 

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Perhaps the most significant sketch in this selection, however, is the wonderful ‘Flowers and Fruit’, of 1911. It relates to one of a handful of bold still lives in oil which Fergusson made between 1910 and 1912. It was created for publication, though for unknown reasons was never dispatched to the printers, and was likely originally destined for the journal ‘Rhythm’, of which Fergusson was art-editor in Paris from 1911-1913.

We are delighted to present this comprehensive selection of works this February in A Celtic Vision: A Private Collection of Scottish Paintings taking place on Thursday, 25th February.

 


 

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