We discover some of Hepworth’ letters in Tate’s Archive and explore the landscape that inspired the her words and her work.
Barbara Hepworth acquired Trewyn Studio in the centre of St Ives in September 1949. She immediately began working in the space and lived there until her death in 1975.
While living at Trewyn Studio she wrote hundreds of letters to family and friends describing the inspiration and contentment she felt in St Ives.
“It is completely perfect for me”, she wrote to Philip James, Director of Art at the Arts Council, on 29 August 1949.
Tate Archive contains a wealth of material on artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain from 1900 to the present day.
Over one million items that relate closely to Tate’s collection are held, including artworks, sketchbooks, letters, writings, audio-visual material, photographs, printed ephemera and press cuttings.