Emma Rutherford Portrait Miniatures Consultant
Emma began her career working in the Victoria and Albert Museum whilst completing an MA in Victorian Art and Architecture. She set up the Portrait Miniatures Department at Phillip's Auctioneers and after the amalgamation of Phillips and Bonhams she became Departmental Director.
Emma has made several television appearances and advises the Antiques Roadshow. She has close working relationships with museum and gallery curators, conservators and restorers. She has also conducted many significant private and public valuations and private treaty sales.
She has written numerous articles for magazines and national newspapers, including most recently for The Burlington Magazine (February 2019) on Nicholas Hilliard's portrait of Henri III of France and a book published by Rizzoli entitled 'Silhouette; the Art of the Shadow'. Emma has also curated and co-curated many exhibitions of portrait miniatures at the Philip Mould Gallery, including 'Secret Faces' (2008), 'Warts and All; The Portrait Miniatures of Samuel Cooper' (2013), 'John Smart; A Genius Magnified' (2014), 'Jewel in the Hand; Early Portrait Miniatures from Private and Noble Collections' (2019), and "Without Hads": The Art of Sarah Biffin (2022).
Among her significant discoveries, she recently uncovered a lost portrait miniature of Charles Dickens (now at Charles Dickens Museum) (see catalogue 'Charles Dickens; The Lost Portrait' 2018).