Artist biography

J. D. FERGUSSON 1874–1961

Scottish landscape and figure painter and sculptor. Born 9 March 1874 in Atholl, Perthshire, of Highland parentage. Matriculated in Medicine at Edinburgh University, then took up art, inspired by the painters of the Glasgow School, particularly Arthur Melville. Visited Spain and Morocco 1897 and Paris annually, settling there 1907–14. Then worked in London; again in Paris between the wars. Influenced at first by Manet, later by the Fauves. Member of the R.B.A. 1903; Sociétaire of the Salon d'Automne 1908. Founded the Rhythm Group 1912. First one-man exhibition at the Baillie Gallery 1905; first American exhibition in New York 1926. Settled in Scotland 1939; married Margaret Morris, the dancer. Founded the New Art Club, Glasgow, 1940 and the New Scottish Group 1942. Art editor of Scottish Art and Letters and author of Modern Scottish Painters 1943. LL.D. Glasgow 1950. Scottish Arts Council exhibition tour 1954–6. Died 30 January 1961 in Glasgow. Memorial exhibition, Arts Council, R.S.A. and tour 1961–2.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I