Jack M. Ducker



Jack M. Ducker (years flourished 1910–1930) was a European
painter Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (called the "matrix" or "support"). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and ai ...
(possibly of Scottish origin) who specialized in Scottish
highland Highlands or uplands are areas of high elevation such as a mountainous region, elevated mountainous plateau or high hills. Generally speaking, upland (or uplands) refers to ranges of hills, typically from up to while highland (or highlands) is ...
landscapes. Although most of the artist's documented works are undated they are thought to have been created from about 1910 through 1930, with at least one oil on canvas attributed to the late 19th century by Christie's auction house. Little is known about Ducker personally, though dozens of the artist's works have been sold at
auction An auction is usually a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bids, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder or buying the item from the lowest bidder. Some exceptions to this definition e ...
(including sales at
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, in addition to a number of other auction houses). Ducker is interchangeably known in art-reference sources as J. Ducker, J. M. Ducker, Jack Ducker, and Jack M. Ducker, and possibly as John or James Ducker.


Barbizon Barbizon () is a commune (town) in the Seine-et-Marne department in north-central France. It is located near the Fontainebleau Forest. Demographics The inhabitants are called ''Barbizonais''. Art history The Barbizon school of painters is na ...
- and British-influenced landscapes emphasize various qualities of the Scottish and British countrysides.Locations of Ducker's subjects documented i
Christie's sales archive
Many of the painter's documented artworks feature a muddy, earthy color palette with emphasis on the atmospheric and rusty color spectrum that the Scottish highland mountains provide.Images of various artworks are documented on Websites such a
etc., under the search query "Ducker."
Ducker's scenes are frequently idyllic and evoke a similar compositional structure. Rocky mountains are often a focal point, with additional emphasis on other natural objects such as gnarled leafy trees, short shrubs, tall green grasses, and placid lakes and ponds. On occasion Ducker includes
wildfowl The Anatidae are the biological family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, occurring on all the world's continents except Antarctica. These birds are adapted for swimming, floating ...
and grazing animals, such as sheep, and the farmers who tend them. Much of Ducker's documented brushwork is moderately tight with carefully controlled minute details applied with a fine brush or like instrument. Within the documented paintings, Ducker tends to sign in the lower left or right corners of the canvas with the signature "JMDucker" or "JDucker" – occasionally underlining the surname.

Alternative artist name

There is no mention above of using online family history resources to research Jack. M. Ducker. An attempt to find 'Jack Ducker' or 'John Ducker' working as an artist in the Census Returns of England and Wales 1911 during 2022 proved fruitless. There is however an artist named Jacob Maurice Ducker who was living at 2 Stanley Buildings, Pancras Road, Kings Cross, London in that census. Further research shows him as an artist in the 1921 census, and in 1929 at the marriage of his step-son. This research is documented in Jacob Maurice Ducker's profile a

See also

* List of painters by name * List of Scottish artists


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