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The modernist sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, travelled to Greece after the Second World War. Curved Form (Delphi), 1955, part of Ulster Museum’s impressive sculpture collection, was inspired by her time there.

This is just one of the many pieces in the collection that allow a privileged glimpse into the experience of the artist. Other favourites from the 20th century include the undulating figures of Henry Moore, and the surreal, and often moving, work of F.E. McWilliam.

The collection also includes the challenging assemblages of Anthony Caro and Philip King, abstract sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, and bronzes by Barry Flanagan. Local work, such as Rosamund Praeger’s Fairy Fountain, 1901, are also featured.

Our collection of earlier work traces the development of sculpture before the 20th century, through a series of busts of important local figures, created in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Angel (1909)

Angel (1909)

Plaster, painted brown to simulate wood, height 55.2cms, mounted on a wooden base 14.3 x 14.9 cms....

Une Place au Soleil (1960)

Une Place au Soleil (1960)

The French sculptor Cesar Baldaccini, who was born in Marseilles, is known simply as 'Cesar.' He is, perhaps, best known for his 'compressions,' of th...

Mother and Child (1930)

Mother and Child (1930)

Copnall was a sculptor who worked in a wide range of materials. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1903, he came to England as a child. He was educat...

Man and Wife (1948)

Man and Wife (1948)

Man and Wife is one of a number of works on a theme which occupied McWilliam for a time immediately after the Second World War. During the 1930s he ha...

Anna May Wong 1907-61 (1933)

Anna May Wong 1907-61 (1933)

The film actress Anna May Wong (born Los Angeles 1907; died Santa Monica 1961) played exotic oriental roles in many films, including Douglas Fairbanks...

Still Life for Sarah

Still Life for Sarah

This is one of a number of still life works which the Belfast sculptor Bob Sloan has worked on since the mid-1980s and which are in part autobiographi...

The Philosopher (c1920)

The Philosopher (c1920)

Rosamond Praeger was one of the best known Ulster sculptors of her generation and this is, perhaps, her most renowned work. The subject matter, the in...

Double Portrait : Gordon Lambert and David Hendriks (1979 - 1980)

Double Portrait : Gordon Lambert and David Hendriks (1979 - 1980)

The English artist Adrian Hall taught for a number of years during the 1970s at the Belfast College of Art. His work, notably through his use of photo...

Man with Ring (1975)

Man with Ring (1975)

John Davies is a sculptor working in mixed media. Born in Cheshire in 1946, he studied painting at art schools in Hull and Manchester from 1963-67, be...

Street Corner Study : London Series (1967 - 69)

Street Corner Study : London Series (1967 - 69)

This is one of a number of works which formed the beginnings of a series called "Journey to the Surface of the Earth," which Boyle embarked upon in th...

Passion Bed (1990)

Passion Bed (1990)

Wire and sand-blasted wine glasses....

Iris (1968)

Iris (1968)

Donaldson is a painter and sculptor working mainly in fibreglass. He was born on 2 September 1939 at Godalming, Surrey. He studied at Regent Street Po...

Masque Ornementale (1912)

Masque Ornementale (1912)

Henri Gaudier came to London in 1911 with Sophie Brzeska, whose name he added to his own. The original plaster for this work was commissioned in 1912 ...

Apparatus 2005

Apparatus 2005

40 ciba chromes in total, A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H...

Pyramid of Light (1964)

Pyramid of Light (1964)

Heinz Mack studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Dusseldorf before entering the University of Cologne, where he read philosophy. He has worked as an art...

The Miner's Kitchen (1973)

The Miner's Kitchen (1973)

Handel Edwards is a sculptor working solely in wood. He was born in Birchgrove near Swansea in South Wales, and was the son of a miner. After leaving ...

Thérèse (1896)

Thérèse (1896)

Sculptor John Hughes, who was born in Dublin, studied at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin and later, from 1890 to 1892, at the National Art Tr...

Francis Johnston 1760 - 1829 (c.1810)

Francis Johnston 1760 - 1829 (c.1810)

The father and son team of Edward and John Smyth were sculptors of Dublin. Smyth senior, one of the most distinguished sculptors of his day, was a fav...

Rainy Day (1971)

Rainy Day (1971)

2 part sculpture...

The Dawn of Womanhood (1918)

The Dawn of Womanhood (1918)

Inscribed \'F. Wiles Sculpt. Larne 1918\' Exhibited at Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, 1918 Purchased by Ulster Museum 1931 purchased from ...

Ecce Homo (1915)

Ecce Homo (1915)

Rosandić, one of the most eminent Yugoslavian sculptors of his day, worked in stone, wood, bronze and other materials. Virtually self-taught except fo...

Black Sun (1967)

Black Sun (1967)

This is a unique cast made from the original of this piece which was carved in black tamba granite. The surface of the bronze has been lacquered in or...

Tisch (1963)

Tisch (1963)

Uecker studied in Weimar, then in East Germany, 1949-53, and from 1953 to 1955 attended the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, where he now lives. He was co-f...

Head of Joan Greenwood

Head of Joan Greenwood

Epstein's modelled portrait sculpture generally aroused much more sympathy that his public stone carving, often of Biblical subjects, which were savag...

The Fairy Fountain (c1900 - 1)

The Fairy Fountain (c1900 - 1)

This piece, like 'The Philospher', shows Praeger at her best. As with the bulk of her work, the sculpture is sentimental in feeling. Plaster casts of ...

Dispersal : On Black (1967)

Dispersal : On Black (1967)

Mary Martin was one of the most influential constructivist artists of her generation in England. In much of her work, she took her inspiration from th...

Ahmed (1932) (Doris Ahmed)

Ahmed (1932) (Doris Ahmed)

Sir Jacob Epstein was a monumental and portrait sculptor. He was born on 10 November, 1880, in New York, of polish-Jewish parents. He studied art at t...

Creature (1983)

Creature (1983)

Dhruva Mistry was born in India. Much of his work of the last few years has been concerned, as here, with the idea of hybrids of man and beast to sugg...

Cathedral No. 1 (1965)

Cathedral No. 1 (1965)

Edward Delaney was a sculptor working in metal. Born in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, in 1930, he studied art at the National College of Art, Dublin, from 19...

Barrel Construction (1964)

Barrel Construction (1964)

Born in Toronto, Canada, Rabinowitch now divides his time between New Yokr, Cambridge and Dublin. Since the early nineteen eighties he has exhibited w...

Axis (1993)

Axis (1993)

Maurice MacDonagh is one of the most prominent of the young generation of Irish sculptors. A native of Dublin, he studied sculpture at the National Co...

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