Fergusson refers to ‘the poet Roffy’ in his written memoire of life in Paris before WWI, Memories of Peploe (1945). Our drawing is a three part portrait, the figure a ‘cubist’ representation, alongside a cat and an inkwell, his familiar and his materials. Of the poet himself nothing is known: in these heady days of Parisian bohemia perhaps everyone was a poet, but Roffy certainly made an impression on Fergusson.
The Scottish Colourists in Paris, Galerie Francis Barlier, Paris and The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2003
Private collection, Edinburgh