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The Custodian

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Rutherford Gallery

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As a model for the painting, local policeman Bill Brayshaw found fame as the snoozing art gallery attendant on the front cover of the magazine 'John Bull' in 1947. Harry Rutherford enjoyed using local people as his models, none more so than Bill Brayshaw. According to Harry, Bill was the perfect model as after one pint he fell fast asleep and therefore didn’t move whilst Harry painted him in various guises.

The Rutherford Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    60 x 49.8 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1985


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