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Paris Left Bank Comes to Edinburgh at Bonhams Colourists Sale

artwork: John Duncan Fergusson - "At the Milliner's, Paris". - Oil on board, 38 x 38 cm. - Estimate: £180,000-250,000 / US$ 290,000-400,000. Photo: Bonhams.

EDINBURGH.- A major painting by the Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson, is one of the highlights of the sale of Bonhams’ Colourists and other Scottish painters in Edinburgh on the evening of Wednesday 31 August. The work, ‘At the Milliner’s Paris’, depicts some of the dressmaking assistants Fergusson met at the louche Cafe d’Harcourt in the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank in Paris where they would gather after work and mingle with students from the nearby Sorbonne University. It was a favourite haunt of Fergusson’s when he was living and working in Paris before the First World War and based in a studio in the Rue Notre Dame des Champs. (The cafe continued as a student meeting place until the Nazi invasion in 1940 when it was turned into a German run bookshop. It is now a branch of Gap).