Property from an Important Private American Collection
John Duncan Fergusson, RBA (British, 1874-1961)
At the Milliner's, Paris signed 'J.D. Fergusson 23.1.12' (on a letter attached to the backboard) oil on board 38 x 38 cm. (15 x 15 in.)
PROVENANCE: Margaret Morris, the artist's wife Possibly with Thomas Agnew's, 1969 (according to note on label attached to backboard) Private Collection, South Africa Private Collection, UK With Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London
EXHIBITED: London, Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, The Scottish Colourists, 1996, (ill. no. 1)
The attached letter is to a Mr Burgess, from Fergusson's studio at 83 Rue Notre Dame des Champs, acknowledging payment, and refers to his forthcoming show at the Stafford Gallery and Alexander Jamieson's recent exhibition. This is a particularly fluid and succinct depiction of the dressmakers and millinery girls Fergusson considered the main attraction at the louche Cafe d'Harcourt in Paris. They wore the fashions they were working on, and the artist loved to sketch them after dinner.