Albert Rutherston

Laundry Girls

1906

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Albert Rutherston 1881–1953
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 915 x 1170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Humbert Wolfe 1939
Reference
N04996

Display caption

Albert Rutherston was the younger brother of the artist William Rothenstein and collector Charles Rutherston. Albert and Charles changed their surname from Rothenstein to Rutherston in 1914, at the beginning of the First World War. Albert Rutherston was trained at the Slade and began painting in a realistic style. He liked to choose subjects from daily life. These two laundry girls are marking linen to distinguish the items for return to owners. The models actually sold fruit and vegetables from a stall and had also sat for the painter Walter Sickert.

Gallery label, February 2016

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