About Capes Dunn

Manchester's premier auctioneers having been established since 1826.

We are Fine Art & Antiques auctioneers who host fortnightly Interiors, Vintage & Modern auctions, and Specialist Antique auctions. We cover many disciplines with details on the 'Departments" page. If you have any enquiries please contact our offices for further details. Location All auctions and viewings are held at our premises on 38 Charles Street, Manchester, off Oxford Road Cheshire: The Auction Galleries, 40 Station Road, Heaton Mersey, Cheshire, SK4 3QT Tel: +44 (0)161 432 1911 E-mail: capesdunn@gmail.com Lancashire: 13 Queen Street, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5LQ Tel: +44 (0)1253 796245 E-mail: capesdunn.lytham@gmail.com Viewing All fortnightly Fortnightly Chattel Auction sales can be viewed on the Friday prior to the date of sale, between 2.30-4.30pm and on the morning of the sale from 9.15am All specialist sales can be viewed on the day before the sale (Monday) between 10.00am-4.00pm and on the morning of the sale from 9.300am. Please note: There can be changes to the sale dates and there may be further changes throughout the year. Therefore please check prior to travelling. HARRY RUTHERFORD (1903-1985) In 2011 Capes Dunn started selling Harry Rutherford's Studio of Works and they have been a staple of the thrice-yearly Northern Artists auctions ever since. On sale at the 10th October Northern Artists auction is an important private collection of works by Rutherford and pictures from the artist's family, together with pictures from the Studio of Works, pictures by other artists from Rutherford's collection and some personal items from his studio. Estimates fro Rutherford's work at auction start at around £180-250 for a small watercolour. At the June Northern Artists auction Capes Dunn sold a piece with a strong local connection, a pencil drawing 'The Laying of the Foundation Stone for Manchester Centra Library, 1930' for £500. In the forthcoming sale, we will be selling pictures from all aspects of his work including scenes from around the country, portraits of family and friends, scenes from his travels in Europe and Borneo and one drawing from his time at Chatsworth. Harry Rutherford was born in Denton and attended the Hyde School of Art, continuing his studies at the Manchester School of Art under Pierre Adolphe Valette; L.S. Lowry was among his fellow pupils. In 1925, Rutherford was the first and youngest pupil to enrol in Walter Sickert's new school of art in Manchester. During the 1920s he produced topical cartoons for newpapers, including the Manchester Evening News. In the 30s and 40s Rutherford presented the BBC programme Caberet Cartoons, in which he drew variety artists as they performed their acts. In the 50s he starred in his own programme for the BBC entitled Sketchbook, a 15 minute programme during which he would sketch 10 scenes, with his own contemporary commentary. In 1957 he went to Borneo, it is believed he was the first British artist to exhibit in the area. In the late 1950s he returned to Hyde and his studio on Nelson Street and was elected President of MAFA. In his later years, he taught at the Regional College of Art in Manchester.

 

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