Lot 6
  • 6

John Duncan Fergusson, R.B.A.

5,000 - 8,000 GBP
15,000 GBP
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  • John Duncan Fergusson, R.B.A.
  • Naval Ships and Submarine, Portsmouth
  • pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
  • 40.5 by 46 cm., 16 by 18 in.
  • Painted circa 1918.


Private Collection

Catalogue Note

During World War One, Fergusson reportedly requested to be placed as a War Artist in the Navy, stating preference for the blue uniform. The request was denied, but in July 1918, Fergusson was granted permission to make studies of naval vessels in Portsmouth harbour. The present study appears to show a ship in dazzle camouflage, designed to confuse enemy forces while at sea. Along with the collection of drawings in Lot 7, one of which shows a preliminary study for this work, the watercolour reveals the manner in which Fergusson approached a new subject matter, far removed from his portrait or landscape work.