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Dame Barbara Hepworth

Four Figures Waiting

Property from an Important American Collection

Dame Barbara Hepworth

Dame Barbara Hepworth

Four Figures Waiting

Four Figures Waiting

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Dame Barbara Hepworth

1903 - 1975

Four Figures Waiting


signed Barbara Hepworth, dated 1968, numbered 8/9 and stamped with foundry mark Morris Singer FOUNDERS/ LONDON (on the Artist's integral base)

polished bronze

height (including Artist's base): 60cm.; 23½in.

Conceived in 1968, the present work is number 8 from the edition of 9 + 0.


This work will be included in the revised catalogue raisonné of Barbara Hepworth's sculpture being prepared by Dr. Sophie Bowness under the catalogue no. BH 461.

The work appears sound. Overall the work appears in generally very good condition.


There are a few very light scratches and instances of pitting to the work. There are a few very minor scuffs in places. There are a couple of light surface marks in places. There is some very minor unevenness to the surface of the work, some of which is integral to the work. There is light surface dust.


The work is presented on its integral bronze base.


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Marlborough Fine Art, London, where acquired by the grandmother of the present owner, June 1984, and thence by descent

Michael Shepherd, 'Gleaming from the Past', The Sunday Telegraph, 15 February 1970, p. 17 (another cast)
Marina Vaizey, 'Gallery Choice: Gimpel Fils'Arts Review, 14th March 1970 (another cast) 
'Barbara Hepworth: The Artist and Her Work', Bijutsu Techo, August 1970, vol. 22, no. 331, illustrated p. 16 (another cast)
Alan Bowness, The Complete Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth, 1960-69, Lund Humphries, London, 1971, no. BH461, illustrated pl. 12 (another cast)
Janet Axten, Gasworks to Gallery: The Story of Tate St Ives, Janet Axten and Colin Orchard, St Ives, Cornwall, 1995, illustrated p. 30 (another cast)
Sophie Bowness (ed.), Barbara Hepworth - The Plasters: The Gift to Wakefield, Lund Humphries in association with The Hepworth Wakefield, Farnham, 2011, illustrated p. 40, pl. 24 (plaster version)
New York, Gimpel-Weitzenhoffer Gallery, Barbara Hepworth, April - May 1969, no. 10, illustrated in the catalogue n.p. (another cast)
Bath, Bath Festival Gallery, St Ives Group, 2nd Exhibition: 1969 Bath Festival, June 1969, no. 2 (another cast)
St Ives, Penwith Society of Arts, Penwith Spring Exhibition, Spring 1969, no. 7 (another cast)
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Barbara Hepworth Recent Work, Sculpture, Paintings, Prints, February - March 1970, no. 12, illustrated in the catalogue p. 21 (another cast)
Abbotsholme, Uttoxeter, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture and Lithographs, January - February 1970, no. 14, illustrated in the catalogue, p. 22, with extensive Art Council tour 
London, Gimpel Fils, Gallery Choice, March - April 1970, no. 32 (another cast)
Plymouth, City Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth, June - August 1970, no. 50, illustrated in the catalogue n.p. (another cast) 
Hakone, Hakone Open-Air Museum, Barbara Hepworth Exhibition 1970, June - September 1970, no. 27, illustrated in the catalogue p. 55 (another cast), with tour to Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
New York, Gimpel Gallery, Barbara Hepworth, March - April 1971, no. 7 (another cast)
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Masters of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Summer 1972, no. 30, illustrated in the catalogue p. 60 (another cast)
Rome, Marlborough Galleria d’Arte, Maestri del XIX e XX Secolo, November 1972 - January 1973, no. 16, illustrated in the catalogue p. 28 (another cast)
Zurich, Marlborough Galerie, Barbara Hepworth, August - October 1975, no. 6, illustrated in the catalogue p. 19 (another cast)
High Wycombe, Burleighfield House, Burleighfield International Arts Centre, Sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, October 1977 (another cast) 
Galashiels, Scottish College of Textiles, Barbara Hepworth: a Selection of Small Bronzes and Prints, April - May 1978, no. 21 (another cast), with Scottish Arts Council tour to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness, Dundee Museum and Art Gallery, Dundee, Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Hawick Museum and Art Gallery, Hawick and Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr
Bournemouth, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, The Russell-Cotes Modern Artists Exhibition 1979, January - February 1979 (another cast)
New York, Marlborough Gallery, Barbara Hepworth: Carvings and Bronzes, May - June 1979, no. 30, illustrated in the catalogue p. 54 (another cast)
Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Barbara Hepworth: A Sculptor’s Landscape 1934-1974, October - November 1982, no. 21, illustrated in the catalogue p. 20 (another cast), with tour to Bangor Art Gallery, Bangor, Wrexham Library Art Centre, Wrexham and Manx Museum, Isle of Man
Salisbury, Roche Court, New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Barbara Hepworth Polished Bronzes, December 2001 - February 2002, illustrated in the catalogue n.p. (another cast)
Wakefield, Wakefield Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth: Polished Bronzes/ Hepworth in Brons: Gepolijste bronzen van Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), May - June 2003, with tour to Museum het Catharina Gasthuis, Gouda (another cast)