About this artwork

The female figure, often dancing and with erotic overtones, is a recurring theme in Fergusson’s work. These drawings were taken from one of his sketch books. They show him experimenting with an Egyptian inspired pose, with the figure both clothed and un-clothed. Fergusson met his future wife, the dancer Margaret Morris, in Paris in 1913 and together they collaborated on many dance projects. In 1917 they opened a summer school of dance in Devon, with the dancers encouraged to practice ‘en plein air’. This was the beginning of annual summer schools in both England and the South of France.

John Duncan Fergusson

John Duncan Fergusson