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    Sale 7729

    20th Century British Art

    21 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 12

    Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975)

    Group of figures (violet and red on brown)

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    Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975)
    Group of figures (violet and red on brown)
    signed and dated 'Barbara Hepworth 1952' (lower left), signed again, inscribed and dated again 'Barbara Hepworth/Group of figures/(violet & red on brown)/oil & pencil/1952' (on the backboard)
    pencil and oil on gesso-prepared board
    11½ x 8½ in. (30.5 x 21.5 cm.); 15¼ x 12½ in. (38.7 x 31.7 cm.) on an oil-painted hardboard support
    This work is recorded as number D307.

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    We are very grateful to Dr. Sophie Bowness for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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    Dr J.P. Hodin; Sotheby's, London, 14 December 1966, lot 164, where purchased by the present owner.


    A. Bowness (intro.), Drawings from a sculptors' landscape, London, 1966, pl. 34, as 'Group with child (violet and red on brown)'.


    London, Lefevre Gallery, New Sculpture and Drawings by Barbara Hepworth, October 1952.
    New York, Brooklyn Museum, 1953, no. 13, catalogue not traced.
    Copenhagen, British Council, Kunstforeningen, Barbara Hepworth, September - October 1964, variously numbered: this exhibition travelled to Stockholm, Moderna Museet, November - December 1964; Helsinki, Ateneum, January - February 1965; Oslo, Utstilling I Kunsthernes Hus, March 1965; Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Rietveld Pavilion, May - July 1965; Basel, Kunsthalle, September - October 1965; Turin, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, October - November 1965; Karsruhe, Badischer Kunstverein, February - March 1966; and Essen, Museum Folkwang, April - June 1966.
    Kingston-upon-Hull, Ferens Art Gallery, Collector's Choice, 1970, no. 81.