Barbara Hepworth created 'The Fenestration of the Ear (The Hammer)' in 1948 after being invited to observe an operation at the Princess elizabeth Hospital in Exeter by Norman Capener, the same surgeon who had earlier treated her daughter Sarah's osteomyelitis.
Hepworth made numerous visits to operating theatres in Exeter and London where she made rapid pencil sketches and notes in a sterile pad. These resulted in a significant number of hospital pictures made between 1947 and 1949, which stimulated considerable critical interest and were seen as a radical departure in her work indicative of a more general shift in art production after the war.
Printed on matt art paper 250gsm, this mini print measures 35.6 x 28 cm.
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