John Skeaping was a British sculptor and painter. He first began to study sculpture in 1914, at Blackheath School of Art in London. Skeaping then attended the School of Art at Goldsmiths College and the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Finally, he secured a place at the prestigious Royal Academy School from 1919 to 1920. In 1924 he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome from the Royal Academy. While in Rome, Skeaping met a young Barbara Hepworth, who was the runner-up of the scholarship. The two sculptors began a relationship and went on to marry each other in Florence the following year.

 

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