John Rattenbury Skeaping RA


(British, 1901-1980)

John Skeaping was born in Liverpool on the 9th of June, 1901.  He studied art at Goldsmith's College School and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1917-1919.  He then went on to the Royal Academy Schools from 1919-1920.  In 1924 he was awarded the Rome Prize.  That same year he married Barbara Hepworth though the marriage was dissolved in 1933.


Skeaping was a sculptor in stone, granite, wood and terra cotta; a draughtsman and etcher, chiefly of animal subjects, but in his later years he was almost entirely devoted to sporting subjects, racing, trotting, bull-fighting, etc.


Keaping first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1922, and numerous works have been shown since.  His first exhibition was held along with work by Barbara Hepworth, in 1928 at Alex Reid and Lefevre, Glasgow.  He has since exhibited worldwide, and is represented in many private and public collections including a lifesize bronze of the the famous thoroughbred ‘Secretariat’ in the paddock at Belmont Park in New york. He was a member of the 7 and 5 Society in 1932 and of the London Group from 1928-1934.  He worked in Mexico between 1949-1950.


He was honored by being elevated to Associate of the Royal Academy in 1950 and full membership in 1960.  He was a Professor of Sculpture at the R.C.A. in 1953. He spent the final years of his life at Ghagford in Devon.

19" x 17.25" without base