Highly scarce vintage 3.5 x 5.5-inch black and white portrait, dating to the 1940s, boldly signed in black fountain pen. In fine condition, with a small crease in the background, above her left shoulder, and a thin band of silvering at the top right edge, completely invisible when the piece is viewed head-on. Margaret Rutherford, great eccentric English character actress of the stage and screen, was unforgettable in the film adaptations of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit (1945) and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1952). She went on to famously play Agatha Christie's elderly amateur detective Miss Marple in the wildly popular film series of the 1960s. In 1963, Rutherford nabbed an Oscar for her portrayal of the Duchess of Brighton in The VIPs (1963).