Harry Rutherford (1903 - 1995)

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Harry Rutherford (1903 – 1995) was educated at the Manchester school of art together with the likes of Lowry. In 1925 Rutherford was the first and youngest pupil to enrol in Walter Sickert’s new school of art in Manchester. In 1931 Rutherford moved to London where the emergence of the new medium of television produced opportunities thanks to his ability to sketch rapidly. From 1937 to 1939 Rutherford appeared regularly in the BBC’s Cabaret Cartoons. Where he drew the performers of variety shows as they did their act. From 1950-1956, he starred in his own program, Harry Rutherford’s Sketchbook


While exhibiting in numerous London galleries, he was invited to hold a series of exhibitions in Borneo in 1957. Becoming the first western artist to do so. He returned to Hyde in the late 1950s to 17 Nelson Street and was elected President of MAFA (Manchester Academy of Fine Arts). In his later years he taught at the Regional College of Art. His pupils included the internationally renowned painter Geoffrey Key.