Barbara Hepworth, who was born in Wakefield on 10 January 1903, often spoke of the importance of her Yorkshire roots. She was a conscientious and hard-working pupil at Wakefield Girls’ High School, recalling “the gorgeous smell of paint I was allowed to use”, and was also a member of the congregation at Wakefield Cathedral, where she was confirmed.

In 1920 she attended Leeds College of Art before leaving Wakefield for London to study at the Royal College of Art, along with her more senior Yorkshire compatriot Henry Moore. Hepworth was awarded a scholarship to study in Italy, where she lived from ...


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