Barbara Hepworth was a sculptor whose works were among the earliest abstract sculptures produced in England. Her lyrical forms and feeling for material made her one of the most influential sculptors of the mid-20th century.
Hepworth, would frequently accompany her father on road trips around the Yorkshire countryside and spent her summer holidays at Robin Hoods Bay, in Yorkshire, England. This early connection with rural settings and natural forms influenced her work later on in her life.
After attending Wakefield Girls’ High School, she won a scholarship to study at Leeds School of Art in 1920. Whilst studying there she met sculptor, Henry Moore who she struck up a friendship and a friendly rivalry. They both went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London where Hepworth was awarded a West Riding Scholarship in 1924, which allowed her to spend a year traveling abroad. She spent several months in Florence, Italy where she studied Romanesque architecture, later moving to Rome where Hepworth learned to carve marble.