Colourist’s Portsmouth portfolio for sale

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A SKETCHBOOK of newly-discovered First World War drawings by Edinburgh-born artist John Duncan Fergusson are to go on show in the Capital.

The 22 pencil and charcoal drawings will then be put up for sale as a single lot for an estimated £30,000 to £40,000.

Fergusson, one of the Scottish Colourists, compiled the book – pictured left in the hands of Rachel Meddowes – in the summer of 1918, when he was asked by the British War Memorials Committee to paint a series of studies of Portsmouth docks.

The marine sketches, later given to a lifelong friend, will be exhibited in Edinburgh in December by fine art broker Alexander Meddowes, who discovered them, alongside more than 100 other works by the artist.

Fergusson, born in Edinburgh in 1874, worked in France, where he was inspired by Manet and Monet and socialised with Picasso and Matisse. He returned to Scotland in 1939 and died in 1961.