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