Harry Rutherford – Cumbrian Hill 1953 (Sold)




Harry Rutherford – Cumbrian Hill 1953

Artist: Harry Rutherford

Title: Cumbrian Hill 1953

Original Painting – Oil on Board

12 x 9″ Inches  – Supplied in painted wooden frame (Framed Size – 19 x 16″ Inches)

Harry Rutherford Cumbrian Hill 1953


Harry Rutherford (1903 – 1985) was born in Denton, Manchester. Subsequently spending much of his life in Hyde, Rutherford has often been identified as one of the unsung heroes of the Lowry generation. A follower & friend of Walter Sickert.

Rutherford attended Hyde School of Art on Saturday mornings whilst still at school. Upon leaving he joined the Manchester School of Art where he was taught by Walter Sickert and became a contemporary of LS Lowry.

He worked as an artist for a Manchester advertising agency and later at the Manchester Evening News. He then worked in London as a freelance artist and illustrator on Fleet Street for many magazines. In 1936, he worked on a cover for the magazine The Listener. Which introduced him to the world of television. A BBC producer was so impressed with Rutherford he employed him to stand in the studio wings for his programme Cabaret Cartoons drawing variety acts as they performed.

TV Show

Following the war Rutherford hosted his own children’s television show, Sketchbook. In which he pioneered art live on television long before artists such as Tony Hart had made their screen debuts.

Harry Rutherford (1903 – 1985) travelled extensively in his life, to Spain in the 30’s and in the 50’s he travelled across Europe and to Borneo as a guest of the British Council. Loyal to his local community he kept a studio in Nelson Street, Hyde. Although due to ill health he painted less in his later years. harry still remained an active member of the community and painted some of the most significant and insightful paintings of life in the local area.

His work is of national importance due to his significant place in the development of British twentieth century art. And the contribution he made to the history of television. Rutherford returned to Hyde in Greater Manchester in the 1950’s and was employed as a teacher of Art at the Regional College of Art in Manchester until his retirement in 1968. His pupils included the internationally renowned painter Geoffrey Key. In 1961 he was elected president of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, a post he held for eight years.

There are many Rutherford’s in public collections. Including Manchester Art Gallery, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Royal Academy of Arts & Many More. 

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