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Barbara Hepworth

© Crispin Eurich Photographic Archive

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Barbara Hepworth

by Crispin Eurich
bromide print, 1961
9 7/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (251 mm x 168 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Photographs Collection
NPG x26705

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  • Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Sculptor; second wife of Ben Nicholson. Sitter in 30 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

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Hepworth retrospectives were held in 1962 at the Whitechapel, in 1965 at the Rijksmuseum, Kröller-Müller in Holland and in 1968 at the Tate Gallery. In 1965 she was also created DBE.

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  • NPG x26706: Barbara Hepworth (from same photo shoot)

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Events of 1961back to top

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.


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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Paul Clarke

04 February 2020, 19:43

I expect the date of "late 60s" is erroneous. The shoot was in the early 60s, and appeared in Studio International, or The Studio [which became S.I. some time during the Eurich "Artists at Work" series]. 1961, which you assign to the other image, prob. means The Studio.
If the print is not dry-mounted, thus you can access the back of it, the photographer's address-stamp is a useful guide to the decade (though later production of prints may skew that assessment, sometimes). If it's Sinclair Road, it's late 50s into early 60s [prob. 1963, the year CE got married]. If St Peter's Square, it's from then until the early 70s [I imagine when he divorced]. After that, until 1974 or '75, when he returned to his birthplace, terminally ill, and presumably ceased professional work, it's Heathfield Gardens.
Unless you have definite info about the print-date, I doubt CE made later copies of this: the two images published in "The Gentle Eye", a posthumous selection by his father, painter Richard Eurich was likely chosen from prints in CE's possession, rather than negatives, and neither are the 2 in your collection. Such prints may have been done for an exhibition in Southampton's pioneering photographic gallery, which CE largely selected himself.

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