Catalogue entry

John Duncan Fergusson 1874–1961

T00667 Blue Beads, Paris 1910

Inscr. on back, ‘Paris 1910 J. D. Fergusson’.
Oil on board, 19¾ x 18 (50.5 x 46).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964.
Coll: The artist’s widow, Mrs. Margaret Fergusson; purchased by the Friends of the Tate Gallery through the Leicester Galleries 1964.
Exh: Doré Gallery, January 1914 (18); Arts Council Scottish Committee, Memorial Exhibition, R.S.A., November-December 1961 and tour 1962 (57, repr. pi. 9); 20th Century Scottish Painting, Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, August–September 1963 and Arts Council tour (5); Leicester Galleries, May-June 1964 (62). Repr: The Times, 15 May 1964.

The artist’s widow wrote (25 July 1964): ‘I cannot remember seeing that picture since 1914—& 1960! when it came back from Paris with some others, and all studio furniture stored there since 1939! ... I have no idea who the sitter was, I should say a girl he saw in a café & sketched, he did many paintings just from sketches.’

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1964–1965, London 1966.