Christian Jane FERGUSSON 1876 - 1957
BiographyChristian Jane Fergusson was born in Dumfries in 1876. Chris studied at the Glasgow School of Art under the renowned tutelage of Fra Newberry, and at the Art School in Crystal Palace, London. She attended Art School when it was unusual for women to pursue a career, particularly as an artist, but she was a working painter all of her life.
She married and brought up three children with her husband, a Dumfries Solicitor. With fellow artists EA Taylor and Jessie M King she helped to establish the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society whose first exhibition was staged in Dumfries in 1922.
Chris was particularly talented in watercolour that she used to great effect to capture local scenes, displaying and selling her work to an appreciative audience Scotland-wide.
Gracefield staged a retrospective of her work in 1999 with over 120 of her paintings on show and the work was as vibrant then as it had been when painted over 60 years before. Many of the older people commented on how local landmarks had or had not changed over the years.