The current work, which has a still life signed Simpson on the reverse, provides an interesting link between the fraternity of Scottish artists working in the early decades of the twentieth century. Fergusson met Peploe at the sketching club held in the Edinburgh home of Joseph Simpson, nicknamed the SPO Sketching Club after their favourite meal of sausages, potatoes and onions.
The current sketch which captures the essence of the subject in just a few rapid brush strokes on an un-primed board was probably retained by Simpson who, as a caricaturist, would have appreciated Fergusson's minimalist execution. Even in this light sketch, one can see the influence of Fergusson's French training and the powerful green facial shadow which is so commonly seen in the work of Henri Matisse and the Fauves.
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