Dame Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903-1975) Cantate Domino 209.8 cm. (81 1/2 in.) high (including the base)
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Dame Barbara Hepworth
(British, 1903-1975)
Cantate Domino 209.8 cm. (81 1/2 in.) high (including the base)
£500,000 - 700,000
US$ 850,000 - 1.2 million
Lot Details
Dame Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903-1975)
Cantate Domino
bronze with a green patina
209.8 cm. (81 1/2 in.) high (including the base)
Conceived in 1958, the present cast is number 2 from an edition of 6 and was cast by the Art Bronze Foundry. BH.244


  • Provenance
    Acquired from the 1958 Leeds City Art Gallery exhibition by Barbara and Arnold Burton

    London, Gimpel Fils, Recent Works by Barbara Hepworth, June 1958, cat.no.13 (another cast)
    Leeds, City Art Gallery, Modern Sculpture, October-November 1958, cat.no.58 (this cast, ill. pl.9)
    Antwerp, Middelheimpark, 5e Biennale voor Beeldhouwkunst, 1959, cat.no.49 (another cast)
    São Paolo, Bienal do Museu de Arte Moderna, Paintings by Francis Bacon, Paintings & Etchings by S.W. Hayter, Sculpture & Drawings by Barbara Hepworth, September-December 1959, cat.no.19 (another cast)
    New York, Galerie Chalette, Hepworth, October-November 1959, cat.no.25 (another cast, ill.)
    Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institute, British Artist Craftsmen: An Exhibition of Contemporary Work, 1959-60, cat.no.10 (another cast ill.); this exhibition travelled throughout the United States
    Montevideo, Comisión National de Bellas Artes, Barbara Hepworth, organised by the British Council, April-May 1960, cat.no.18 (another cast); this exhibition travelled to Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, May-June, Santiago, Instituto de Arte Moderno, September-October, Viña del Mar, Museo de Bellas Artes, October and Caracas, Museo de Bellas Artes, November 1960
    Antwerp, Middelheimpark, 6e Biennale voor Beeldhouwkunst, July-October 1959, cat.no.142 (another cast)
    London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth: An Exhibition of Sculpture from 1952-1962, May-June 1962, cat.no.35 (another cast, ill.)
    Coventry, Coventry Cathedral Festival, Herbert Art Gallery, Artists Serve the Church: An Exhibition of Modern Religious Work, 1962, cat.no.13 (another cast)
    Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Rietveld Pavilion, Beeldhouwwerken en Tekeningen van Barbara Hepworth, May-July 1965, cat.no.17 (another cast, ill.)
    London, Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepworth, April-May 1968, cat.no.91 (another cast exhibited, this cast ill.b&w)
    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, Barbara Hepworth, July-October 1980, cat.no.2 (another cast, ill.)

    'Barbara Hepworth's New Sculpture', Times, 3 June 1958
    J.P. Hodin, Barbara Hepworth, Lund Humphries, London, 1961, p.22 & p.170, cat.no.244 (another cast ill.b&w p.132, this cast ill.b&w p.133)
    Norbert Lynton, 'London Letter', Art International, vol.6, cat.no.7, September 1962, p.47
    Michael Shepherd, Barbara Hepworth, 1963, p.39, (another cast ill. pl.12)
    Tate Gallery Report 1967-8, 1968, p.62
    Edwin Mullins, 'Barbara Hepworth' in Barbara Hepworth Exhibition 1970, exh.cat., Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan 1970 (another cast ill.b&w)
    Judith Rich, 'Barbara Hepworth', Guardian, 17 January, 1973, p.8
    Michael Davie, 'By-laws bar Dame Barbara's tombstone', Observer, 25 May 1975
    A.M. Hammacher, Barbara Hepworth, 1968, rev.ed. 1987, p.130 (another cast, ill.b&w p.129, pl.104)
    David Fraser Jenkins, Barbara Hepworth: A Guide to the Tate Gallery Collection at London and St Ives, Cornwall, 1982, p.17 (another cast, ill. p.31)
    Sally Festing, Barbara Hepworth: A Life of Forms, 1995, p.225, p.238 & p.305 (another cast, ill. p.280 and 281, pl.54)
    Matthew Gale and Chris Stephens, Barbara Hepworth, Works in the Tate Collection and the Barbara Hepworth Museum St. Ives, Tate Publishing, London, 2001, p179-181 (another cast col.ill)

    The other casts from the edition are located as follows:

    The Collection of Mr & Mrs A.M Greenfield, Philadelphia (1 of 6)
    Museum of Modern Art, São Paolo (3 of 6)
    Middleheimpark, Antwerp (4 of 6)
    McNay Art Museum, San Antonio (5 of 6, gift of Tom Slick, Texas)
    Tate Gallery, St. Ives (6 of 6)

    We are grateful to Dr. Sophie Bowness for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.
Auction information

The Modern British & Irish Art department is delighted to announce its first Evening auction will take place on Monday 17 November ahead of the Day sale on Tuesday 18th November, and we are pleased to now invite further consignments for this forthcoming exciting season at New Bond Street.

Leading the way, are seven important works from The Arnold & Barbara Burton Collection. A highlight being Cantate Domino (1958) by Dame Barbara Hepworth - to be offered at £500,000-700,000, a cast of which has never been available for sale on the open market previously. This work is supported by stellar examples by L.S. Lowry, Keith Vaughan, Dame Elisabeth Frink and a rediscovered Roderic O'Conor from his key period circa 1894, just after the artist had met Gauguin.

Other key pictures and sculpture to be offered include a striking Christopher Wood portrait, an early Paul Nash work on paper, a bust of Sir Winston Churchill by Sir Jacob Epstein as well as a number of fresh to auction and privately consigned works by Walter Sickert, Henry Moore, Algernon Newton and Ivon Hitchens among others.

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