Barbara Hepworth at work on the armature of a sculpture

1 portrait of Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth at work on the armature of a sculpture, by Ida Kar, 1961 - NPG x88502 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barbara Hepworth at work on the armature of a sculpture

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1961
9 7/8 in. x 10 in. (250 mm x 253 mm)
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x88502


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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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  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1520 portraits, Sitter in 136 portraits.

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In the year of Ida Kar's photograph, Hepworth's major retrospective opened at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. It was also the year in which she designed sets and costumes for Sir Michael Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage, which had its first performance at Covent Garden in January the following year.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG x88513: Barbara Hepworth at work on the armature of a sculpture (from same photo shoot)
  • NPG x88517: Barbara Hepworth at work on the armature of a sculpture (from same photo shoot)

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Current affairs

Peter Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners is published internationally, inspiring the founding of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International. The philosopher and peace activist Bertrand Russell is imprisoned for inciting civil disobedience during a sit down demonstration at the Ministry of Defence and Hyde Park. The farthing coin - used in Britain for the last 7 centuries - ceases to be legal tender.

Art and science

Rudolf Nureyev defects from the USSR fearing that the KGB would arrest him for being gay and for fraternising with foreigners. After seeking asylum in Paris he set up home in London at the Royal Ballet and began his famous partnership with Margot Fonteyn. The satirical magazine, Private Eye is first published.

International

The East German government erects the Berlin Wall, ceasing free movement between East and West Berlin. The barrier prevented citizens of Soviet controlled East Germany from crossing the border into West Germany to work, or to defect. Yuri Gagarin, the soviet cosmonaut, becomes the first man in space orbiting the earth on the 12th April.

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