Barbara Hepworth

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Barbara Hepworth, by Dame Barbara Hepworth, 1950 - NPG 5919 - © Bowness, Hepworth estate

© Bowness, Hepworth estate

Barbara Hepworth

by Dame Barbara Hepworth
oil and pencil on board, 1950
12 in. x 10 1/2 in. (305 mm x 267 mm)
Bequeathed by Dr Priaulx Rainier, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG 5919


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  • Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Sculptor; second wife of Ben Nicholson. Sitter in 28 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

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  • Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Sculptor; second wife of Ben Nicholson. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 28 portraits.

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Unlike Moore, Hepworth was not a prolific draughtsman but two groups of drawings in her ouevre stand out, the first for the War Artists' Advisory Committee recording hospital operations in wartime, and the second to which this sef-portrait belongs. In the late 40s, when her marriage to Ben Nicholson had disintergrated and she was on her on in St Ives, the sculptor developed a routine of drawing from models in the evenings after the day's carving was ended. Bequeathed by Dr Priaulx Rainier, 1987.

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