JD Fergusson, ‘Poet and Cat, Homage to the Poet Roffy’, ca. 1909, The Scottish Gallery

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

About JD Fergusson

Scottish, 1874-1961, Leith, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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