Rutherford, Rosemary: ‘Nehemiah’ – a Design for a Stained Glass Window
A vivid watercolour showing an ‘Idea for a Window’ in stained glass on the theme of ‘Nehemiah’. The design was exhibited ata Rosemary Rutherford Retrospective at The Minories, Colchester in 1972 and is provided with a copy of the catalogue. A label on the reverse also shows it was purchased by Miss Francis Mount.
Artist: Rosemary Rutherford (1912-1972)
Title and date: ‘Nehemiah’, a design for a stained glass window, 1960s
Size: 52.0 x 32.0 cms, framed.
Rosemary Rutherford was born in Kings Norton, Birmingham and in the 1930s studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. She became an artist and a part-time teacher at St Cedds School, Chelmsford in 1939 living at The Vicarage, Broomfield, with her parents. On the outbreak of the Second World War, Rosemary joined the Red Cross as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) where she performed a variety of jobs including driving a mobile canteen round gun batteries on the east coast and working as a nurse in hospitals and convalescent homes for servicemen.
She was given permission by the War Artists Advisory Committee (W.A.A.C) to record her work and successfully captured the mood of wartime Britain and further afield. Many of her powerful pieces depict nurses, refugee children and convalescing soldiers and her artworks contain a spiritual element reflecting her religious beliefs.
She studied art and painting with Cedric Morris at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk and worked with Valerie Thornton but is principally known as a stained glass artist. Her work is in the Suffolk churches at Boxford, Walsham le Willows and Hinderclay, she also completed stained glass windows in several Essex churches and as far as West Heslerton All Saints, Yorkshire.