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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Passion Bed (1990)

Passion Bed (1990)

Wire and sand-blasted wine glasses....

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...

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...

Angel (1909)

Angel (1909)

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

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...

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...

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...

1968/8 - 2 (1968)

1968/8 - 2 (1968)

This is one of a number of sculptures utilizing circles and triangles as the structural elements of the composition which Annesley produced from about...

Seraph (c1940)

Seraph (c1940)

This is one of only a few sculptures by John Luke, which include the coats of arms of the Governors, Lord Wakehurst and Lord Erskine of Rerrick, at Hi...

Grey Box (1967)

Grey Box (1967)

Bought from the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1967. Ian Stuart is the son of the novelist Francis Stuart (born 1902) and his first wife Iseult Gonne...

Two Standing Women (1955)

Two Standing Women (1955)

Kenneth Armitage first prepared a number of wax models of this piece before making one or two bronze casts from them in his own foundry. Six casts in ...

Curved Form (Delphi) (1955)

Curved Form (Delphi) (1955)

On a visit to Greece in 1955 Barbara Hepworth was enthralled by the ancient archaeological sites, including Mycenae, Epidauros and the Theatre and Tem...

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...

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...

The Friends (1951)

The Friends (1951)

Charoux was born in Vienna, but settled in England in 1935. While in Austria he executed a number of public monuments and indeed a feeling of monument...

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 ...

Image in Relief (1961)

Image in Relief (1961)

Jaap Wagemaker was born in Haarlem, but spent most of his celebrated career in Amsterdam. He was greatly influenced by African art and also worked for...

Working Model for 'Oval with Points' (1968-69)

Working Model for 'Oval with Points' (1968-69)

The final version of this sculpture is ten feet nine inches high. Moore's common method of working began with a plaster maquette only five inches high...

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