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La petite Parisienne, (detail), 1881, bronze by Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), photo credit: Northampton Museums & Art Gallery

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Barbara Hepworth, 1950, oil & pencil on board by Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975), © Bowness, Hepworth estate, photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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