Longstone Cemetery is surrounded by tall trees, and Barbara Hepworth's resting place is set towards the back of a peaceful meadow. No grave pot is provided here, but the site is sunny and sheltered, so we can either leave some flowers grown in Cornwall, wrapped to retain moisture, or a potted plant of lavender or rosemary, depending on your preference.
Sculptor who lived in St Ives
20th May 1975 - Longstone Cemetery
Born in 1903 in Yorkshire, Barbara Hepworth trained as a sculptor at Leeds School of Art between 1921-24, lived, worked and exhibited in London and Rome until 1939 when she and her husband, Ben Nicholson, moved to Carbis Bay with her 4 young children (Paul, whose father was Barbara's first husband, Paul Skeaping, and triplets who were born in 1934) to stay with friends.
Barbara and Ben moved to Chy-an-Kerris, a property in Carbis Bay, in 1942, where she had her own studio, and she purchased the house that is now the Barbara Hepworth Musuem, Trewyn Studio, in 1949, where she lived from 1951 onwards, after her divorce from Ben Nicholson. Well-known in the modernist artisitc community for many years, Barbara Hepworth became well-known on the internation stage after her exhibit at the Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in 1959 and widespread acclaim of her work continued up to and after her death in 1975.
In her later years, Barbara suffered from the symptoms of advancing lung cancer, but she perished in a fire which took hold at her studio in St Ives. One of her sculptures can be enjoyed at the Longstone Cemetery where she in buried: ascending form (Gloria) created in 1958, and more information about her life and works can be found at www.tate.org.uk/hepworth