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Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975)

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Barbara Hepworth was born in 1903. Hepworth was one of the major sculptors of the first half of the twentieth century who lived and worked in England. At the age of sixteen Barbara Hepworth won a scholarship to the Leeds School of Art, where Henry Moore was studying. Instead of doing the compulsory two years at the School Hepworth fitted the course into a single year, and went to the Royal College of Art in 1921 on a senior scholarship. Hepworth spent three years there, and in 1924 was a finalist for the Prix de Rome and runner up to John Skeaping, her future husband. Hepworth was made Commander of the British Empire in 1958. In 1965 she was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery in London, and was created Dame Commander of the British Empire, which marked Hepworth's acceptance by the British artistic establishment.


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