Refugee Children by Rosemary Rutherford

Rutherford was born in Chelmsford and became an official war artist during the Second World War recording her work as part of the Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment.

Details

Medium:
Mixed media on paper
Dimensions:
76 x 53.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £1,800)
Acquired in:
2011
Vendor:
Jenny Weston

She performed a variety of jobs: driving a mobile canteen round gun batteries on the east coast and working as a nurse in hospitals and convalescent homes for servicemen. 'It was an exhausting struggle trying to be a good artist and a good nurse', she remembered. 'In the end , I gave up being a good nurse'. This work depicts two evacuee children and was recently discovered in folios unopened since end of World War Two.

Venue details

Chelmsford Museum and the Essex Regiment Museum Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, CHELMSFORD Essex CM2 9AQ 01245 605 700 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums

Entry details

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