Barbara Hepworth is one of England’s best loved sculptors and an important figure in the development of international abstract art. This book sheds light on a two-year period of Barbara Hepworth’s life when she created nearly 80 figurative drawings of surgeons at work in hospital operating theatres.
Many of Hepworth’s Hospital Drawings have never before been seen and are all illustrated here alongside images from Hepworth’s only surviving hospital sketchbook. In the 1950s Hepworth gave a lecture explaining the importance of the drawings to her sculptural practise. The full text of this lecture is reproduced with an essay which traces the development of the remarkable Hospital Drawings and examines the deep and lasting friendship of Hepworth and the surgeon she painted.
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