Sculptor, born in Molesey on Thames, Surrey (sometimes listed as Josephina. Her birth was registered as Josephina Alice, under de), her father being the Brazilian consul-general. Studied sculpture at Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art under Harold Brownsword, winning the bronze medal for design in sculpture, 1923; in Florence, with Guido Calore and Libero Andreotti; at La Grande Chaumière, Paris, with Émile-Antoine Bourdelle; and at the Royal Academy Schools, where she was Prix de Rome runner-up in 1930. Showed at RA, RSA, Paris Salon and in 1947 shared an exhibition at RWS with her husband, the artist Delmar Banner, another in 1955, both made possible by generous private means. Signed her work in a monogram form. This prolific sculptor was the first woman fellow of the RBS from 1948 and in 1953 was a founder-member of the SPS.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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