Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912 - 2004) was one of the foremost painters working in St Ives after moving there in 1940 and part of the legendary ‘Crypt Group’ that also included pioneers of British Modernism, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.  Barns-Graham was a key member of the St Ives School, and considered the leading female painter in the St Ives movement. Her works contributed greatly to the development of Modernist British painting in the mid to late twentieth century. Her works are part of number of public collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain, Tate Britain, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.