Three Modernist artworks have been gifted to the nation to be displayed at the Hepworth Wakefield, including a Dame Barbara Hepworth sculpture, in February 2020.
The donation was made through the Government’s Cultural Gifts Scheme and included Orpheus (Maquette 1), a sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth dated 1956, Trevarrack a sculpture by Denis Mitchell dated 1961, and Small Cornish Landscape, a painting by William Scott dated circa 1953.
The three works were owned by Nancy Balfour – art collector and a senior editor at The Economist, who was Chairman and President of the Contemporary Art Society – and given to the public by her niece, Kate Ashbrook.
Arts Minister Helen Whately said: "I am delighted that, thanks to the Cultural Gifts Scheme and the generosity of the donor, The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery will benefit from three new brilliant works.
"Barbara Hepworth’s work will now join one of Britain’s major collections of modern art. Together with the Scott painting and Mitchell bronze, it will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year."
Simon Wallis, Director, the Hepworth Wakefield, said: "We are thrilled that Wakefield’s art collection will receive this generous philanthropic gift. These are three major works of art that will find a perfect home for wide public appreciation and benefit at The Hepworth Wakefield."
Barbara Hepworth, Orpheus (Maquette I), 1956 / Image: Studio St Ives, Bowness