Northern Saturday

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Here Rutherford depicts the bustling activity and life of the market in Hyde. Under the stalls' awnings locals are doing their weekend shopping. Children ride the bright merry-go-round. Three men leaning against the coffee stall are chatting casually with their hands in their pockets. Women drag their small children across the market place out of the cold. The figures are so demonstrative, adding to the ambience and spontaneity of the work. There is something happening in every part of the painting, and this gives the work its vibrancy.

Astley Cheetham Art Gallery



Northern Saturday




oil on board


H 62 x W 75 cm

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purchased from the artist, 1948

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