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This self portrait concentrates on Rutherford's first love, the theatre. He cleverly places himself as a reflection in the mirror surrounded by the props from a concert party and theatre costumes. His bowler hat is sat back on his head, his face beams and his eyes twinkle, this is how he wants to be seen. A beer bottle in front of the mirror is placed just below his lips as a visual pun. As an observer of people, Rutherford was an accomplished portrait painter.

The Rutherford Gallery





oil on board


H 67 x W 52 cm

Accession number

L: ASTAC2009.11

Acquisition method

on loan from a private collection

Work type


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The Rutherford Gallery

Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester OL6 7SG England

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