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July 2014: sculptor Josefina de Vasconcellos

The papers of sculptor Josefina de Vasconcellos (1904-2005) have been donated to Cumbria Archive Service Service by the trustees of her estate. Born in London to an English Quaker and an atheist Brazilian diplomat, de Vasconcellos became one Britain's most important sculptors specialising in a traditional figurative style at a time when her contemporaries, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, worked in the modernist abstract style that became popular after the War.

Josefina's legacy can be found around the country in churches, art galleries, private houses and gardens from St Paul's Cathedral to Coventry Cathedral and the Hiroshima Peace Park. The archive includes sketches and photographs of work, poems, plays, music, correspondence, autographed books, catalogues of work. There are also some sketches and related papers of Delmar Banner, painter and husband of Josefina de Vasconcellos.  This fascinating archive will be made available at Cumbria Archive Centre, Kendal (Collection details: more info).

Places to visit in Cumbria to see the work of Josefina de Vasconcellos