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Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Sculptor; second wife of Ben Nicholson

Dame Barbara Hepworth

Sitter in 28 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Born and brought up in Wakefield, Yorkshire, Hepworth went from Leeds School of Art to the Royal College of Art in 1921. She won a travel scholarship in 1924 to Italy, where she married the sculptor John Skeaping. She joined the 7 and 5 Society in 1931, and was a member of Abstraction-Creation and Unit One. Her work paralleled that of Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson, her second husband, in achieving an international status for British art. Her retrospectives held during the 1960s included the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1962), the Rijksmuseum (1965) and the Tate Gallery (1968). She was made a Dame in 1965. Her studio in St Ives, Cornwall is now a museum.

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Barbara Hepworth

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1969
NPG x13721


Barbara Hepworth

by Bob Collins
modern bromide print from original 35 mm negative, 1971
NPG x128703


Barbara Hepworth

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1971
NPG x34125


Barbara Hepworth

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1971
NPG x136773


Dame Barbara Hepworth

by Mayotte Magnus
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1973
NPG x138817


1933 (St Rémy - self-portrait with Barbara Hepworth)

by Ben Nicholson
oil on canvas, 1933
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5591


Dame Barbara Hepworth

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 26 February 1964
On display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1951


Barbara Hepworth

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1961
NPG x133289