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Barbara was born in Sidney Australia the daughter of British immigrants recently arrived. She settled in the Uk in 1935, basing herself in Kennington later moving to Kensington in 1940, and took a clerical job in 1941 with the Ministry of supply. In 1942, the newly created Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments offered Barbara an escape route from the tedium of the Ministry of Supply. It also introduced her to an architect, John Singleman, whom she later married. As a member of his team Barbara was required to document the interiors of major landmarks of London, in the event that war damage might necessitate restoration work. She worked on a number of heritage sites including Somerset House and the Tower of London. On one occasion her group were required to inspect 10 Downing Street, and came across Winston Churchill, much to his annoyance. Despite such a brief encounter, she had the presence of mind to make a sketch of him from which she produced a small bust, later acquired by Lady Churchill. This is one of the rare busts, produced in an edition of eight, at that time.
After the critical successes of London, a move was made to Cornwall in the late 1940s, where a studio was set up with her husband. While some of Barbara’s sculpture during the early 1950s showed the influence of the St Ives-based Barbara Hepworth (ten years her senior) this modernist phase was shortlived. The theme of organic growth - the core of her creativity - found expression at ‘The Studio’ in sketches and models of the farm animals and plant forms around her. She took up membership of the Newlyn Society of Artists, and also those of St Ives and Penwith. It was at this time that she experimented with modelling in clay. Moreover, she developed her expertise in wood carving, which she had studied in London.
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