The present work will be recorded in the forthcoming Hepworth catalogue raisonne as BH 188 A.
'Carving became increasingly rhythmical, and I was aware of the special pleasure that sculptors can have through carving, that of a complete unity of physical and mental rhythm. It seemed to be the most natural occupation in the world' (Hepworth quoted in Barbara Hepworth Carvings, exh. cat., Marlborough Fine Art, London, 1982, p.4).
The present sculpture relates to a small group of works dating to 1952-3, the largest being the ancaster stone carving Hieroglyph of 1953 now in the collection of Leeds City Art Gallery. A drawing, dated 1952, which apparently relates to the present work suggests that the artist may have envisaged a large-scale version of this piece being placed within an architectural setting.
We are grateful to Dr Sophie Bowness for her kind assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
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