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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, 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 Seven and Five 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). Her studio in St Ives, Cornwall is now a museum.

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Barbara Hepworth, by Barbara Hepworth - NPG 5919

Barbara Hepworth

by Barbara Hepworth
oil and pencil on board, 1950
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5919

Barbara Hepworth, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P797(20)

Barbara Hepworth

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 26 February 1964
NPG P797(20)

Barbara Hepworth, by John Hedgecoe - NPG P773

Barbara Hepworth

by John Hedgecoe
cibachrome print, 1970
NPG P773

Barbara Hepworth, by Peter Keen - NPG x36003

Barbara Hepworth

by Peter Keen
glossy unglazed bromide print, mid 1950s
On display at The River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames
NPG x36003

Barbara Hepworth, by Peter Keen - NPG x88862

Barbara Hepworth

by Peter Keen
bromide print, late 1950s
NPG x88862

Barbara Hepworth, by Ida Kar - NPG x88514

Barbara Hepworth

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1961
NPG x88514

Barbara Hepworth, by Ida Kar - NPG x88515

Barbara Hepworth

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1961
NPG x88515

Barbara Hepworth, by Ida Kar - NPG x88516

Barbara Hepworth

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1961
On display at Beningbrough Hall
NPG x88516

Barbara Hepworth, by Crispin Eurich - NPG x26706

Barbara Hepworth

by Crispin Eurich
bromide print, 1961
NPG x26706

Barbara Hepworth, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23305

Barbara Hepworth

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1963
NPG x23305

Barbara Hepworth, by Walter Bird - NPG x165779

Barbara Hepworth

by Walter Bird
bromide print on card mount, 14 October 1965
NPG x165779

Barbara Hepworth, by Crispin Eurich - NPG x26705

Barbara Hepworth

by Crispin Eurich
bromide print, late 1960s
NPG x26705

Barbara Hepworth, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x12142

Barbara Hepworth

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card mount, 15 February 1968
NPG x12142

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