Two Women fetching Water with a Dog by an Antique Sarcophagus, an Obelisk beyond

Oil on canvas
42 x 56 cms (16 1/2 x 22 inches)
Essay: 

Typical of Ferguson's work our painting is reminiscent of a much larger painting now in the Rijksmuseum of Saint Charles Borromeo in a Fantasy Landscape (SK-A-5006). Elegant figures populate a fantastical and highly classical landscape. The vast majority of the space is usually largely taken up by a classical frieze or stele. In this case the classical stele depicts an elderly man making a sacrifice at a small altar to a small effigy. There is possibly an allusion to Lot and his daughters in the background whose mother is depicted as a salt statue further up the hill.

Provenance: 

Private Collection, UK;
sale, Chrisie's, London, 9th February, 1979, lot 10;
Private Collection, France