Item #CL201-23 [Beach Scene With Mother And Three Children]. Norman Rutherford, c1872–1941 Aust.
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[Beach Scene With Mother And Three Children]

1908. Gouache on board, signed and dated lower right, 23.7 x 30.6cm. Laid down on old backing with glue remains from mount.

Born in Durham, England, Norman Alexander Kemp Rutherford, aged about eight, immigrated with his family to Australia around 1880 where they resided at The Dene, Bronte Road in Waverley, NSW. His father, James Douglas Rutherford, worked as a bookbinder for John Sands for 10 years and then at the Sydney School of Arts for 17 years. His son, Norman Rutherford, enlisted in the army on 22 June 1916, aged “43, 6 [months]”, listing his profession as “water colour artist.” He was discharged for ill health due to rheumatism on 10 September 1918. Ref: National Aust. Archives; BDM (NSW) #11939/194; Aust. Star, 3.12.1907.

Rutherford’s watercolour shows a strong influence of the plein air painting style. His paintings are uncommon in the marketplace.

Item #CL201-23

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