War art from a maritime perspective will go on show to the public for the first time at Royal Museums Greenwich .
Creative and Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse (VAD) Rosemary Rutherford used drawing as a way to record womens’ roles during the Second World War and depict haunting and evocative scenes of nurses, hospital staff and sailors.
The 17 pieces also reflect Rutherford’s devout Christian beliefs and themes of re-birth and resurrection.
Head of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich, Dr Christine Riding, said: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have the war art of Rosemary Rutherford, a VAD nurse during the Second World War, represented at Greenwich .
“Her sensitive and often deeply spiritual observations on naval hospital life are unique in our collections, not least because they range in ambition from the specific to the truly universal.”
Rutherford’s work will boost the museums’ collections of work by female artists during conflict and the collection will be both conserved and digitized.
A small selection will go on display at the museum’s adult Halloween event - Voyage of the Damned - on October 31 at the National Maritime Museum, where Dr Riding will discuss the images and upcoming publication of her book, Art and the War at Sea.