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Margaret Rutherford plays Miss Jane Marple by Margaret Sanderson

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Margaret Rutherford perfected the role of Miss Marple. No one has come close to her portrayal of this character. When searching for a description of the actress Margaret Rutherford, it is difficult to find one which does not characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric or both. But such, taken together, made for the charm of the woman. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie’s indomitable sleuth, Jane Marple, whom Rutherford portrayed in four films between 1961 and 1964 plus in an uncredited film cameo in The Alphabet Murders (1965). Rutherford began her acting career first as a student at London’s Old Vic, debuting on stage in 1925. In 1933, she first appeared in the West End at the not-so-tender age of 41. She had her screen debut in 1936 portraying Miss Butterby in the Twickenham-Wardour production of Dusty Ermine (1936).

In summer 1941, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit opened on the London stage, with Coward himself directing. Appearing as Madame Arcati, the genuine psychic, was Rutherford, in a role in which Coward had earlier envisaged her and which he then especially shaped for her. She would carry her portrayal of Madame Arcati to the screen adaptation, David Lean’s Blithe Spirit (1945). Not only would this become one of Rutherford’s most memorable screen performances – with her bicycling about the Kentish countryside, cape fluttering behind her – but it would establish the model for portraying that pseudo-soothsayer forever thereafter. Despite Rutherford’s appearances in more than 40 films, it is as Madame Arcati and Miss Jane Marple that she will best be remembered.

Faber Castell and Prismacolor Pencils on Bristol Board smooth surface, 297 mms x 420 mms.

I’m a self-taught artist from the North of England and I like to inject a bit of humour wherever possible, whether it’s in my writing (see my poems), or my artwork.
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  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful art of a wonderful actress, Cheers Neil

  • Thank you very much Neil.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 2 years ago

  • Yay! Thanks so much Robyn.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 2 years ago

    Oh this is fabulous, I Love the colour you are so talented, this is beautiful :o)x

  • I took a snapshot from my TV screen for this one. I had to imagine the colours, because the film was black and white, and actually the coat was meant to be tweed, but I chickened out and improvised instead. Thanks so much Josie.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Gillian Sinclair
    Gillian Sinclairabout 2 years ago

    Fabulous painting!! she was a magnificent actress, In Blithe Spirit she was the best!!

  • I have all her films Gillian and Blithe Spirit is one of my favourites. Thank you so much.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Gary Fernandez
    Gary Fernandezabout 2 years ago

    I bet your Karmoisin, crimson could do with a pencil extender after this lot Margaret. Great work in your adaptation and improvising from black and white to colour, a rare skill.

  • A rich colour for a very regal character. Thank you so much Gary.

    – Margaret Sanderson

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  • pauldana
    pauldanaabout 2 years ago

    i love her, great likeness of a fun actress

  • Thank you Paul.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerabout 2 years ago

    Amazing work, Margaret!

  • Thanks so much Angela.

    – Margaret Sanderson

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    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

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  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...about 2 years ago

    So fantastic, love it!

  • Thank you so much Diane.

    – Margaret Sanderson

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