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The Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society

Christian Jane (Chris) Fergusson

Chris Fergusson (1876- 1957) has a special place in the art of Dumfries and Galloway in the first half of the twentieth century. Born Christian Jane Stark in Dumfries, where her father was a solicitor she also had strong connections with the Isle of Whithorn, where her mother was born and with Kirkcudbright and Creetown, where she also had relatives. Unlike those artists whose work reflects a particular area of Dumfries and Galloway Chris J Fergusson drew inspiration from across the region.


She attended Dumfries Academy and then studied at The Crystal Palace School of Art in London and from 1901 to 1904 at the Glasgow School of Art under Fra Newbery. In 1905 and 1906 she taught art at Kirkcudbright Academy and thereafter was principal teacher of art at Glasgow High School for Girls until her marriage in 1908 to the Dumfries solicitor David Fergusson. The Fergussons spent their honeymoon and a number of subsequent holidays in Brittany, including visits to Pont Aven, where she was influenced by the French artists working in the area.


Chris Fergusson made frequent painting expeditions to Galloway with visits to Jessie King and E A Taylor at the Greengate, Kirkcudbright. It was with the Taylors, E A Hornel, Charles Oppenheimer and Robert Dickie Cairns, art master at Dumfries Academy that Chris Fergusson was involved in the establishment of the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society. Her husband David was the first secretary of the society, which exists to this day.


As with her paintings of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright Chris Fergusson captured the essence of the coast and countryside of Dumfries and Galloway and its changing weather in a free, direct and individual style. She also captured on canvas and in watercolour a number of the places described by Dorothy L Sayers in her 1931 novel The Five Red Herrings and we know that the well-known author visited the Fergussons at their home in Dumfries.

a web site dedicated to the life and work of Chris J Fergusson can be found at





On the Nith

On the Nith

Old Town Mill

Old Town Mill

Goldilea, Near Dumfries

Goldilea, Near Dumfries

Farm Pond New Abbey

Farm Pond New Abbey