Barbara Hepworth: Arty new face of the £20 note?

LEGACY: Hepworth Gallery technician Matt Jamieson hangs rare portrait of young Barbara Hepworth. PIC: Tony Johnson
LEGACY: Hepworth Gallery technician Matt Jamieson hangs rare portrait of young Barbara Hepworth. PIC: Tony Johnson
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West Yorkshire-born sculptor Barbara Hepworth is one of the big names in the world of art to be nominated by the public to appear on the new £20 note.

More than 21,000 nominations have already flooded in to the Bank of England which has closed its two-month public consultation on who should become the next face of the £20 note.

Author Beatrix Potter, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and master painters John Constable and JMW Turner have also been named in a varied list.

Hepworth was born in 1903.

She attended Wakefield Girls’ High School, and won a scholarship to the Leeds School of Art from 1920. It was there that she met her fellow art student, Henry Moore.

A shortlist of nominations will be drawn up before a final decision is made.

Joanne Mjadzelics

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