Barbara Hepworth was one of the foremost British artists of the twentieth century and is internationally acclaimed as one of the major sculptors of her time. Born in Yorkshire and trained at Leeds School of Art, Hepworth subsequently studied at the Royal College of Art in London. She left London at the outbreak of World War II and established herself in St Ives, Cornwall. This was to be her home for the rest of her life. Many of the forms and themes found in Hepworth’s work can be linked to the Cornish landscape and coastline, which were a source of inspiration throughout her life.