Angela Conner is a British sculptor and in her early career was a paid apprentice carver to Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975).

Angela was a close friend of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire. They met in 1964 when she was just beginning her career as a sculptor, after being introduced by her brother-in-law and the playwright, John Osborne. The first bronze portrait head the 11th Duke bought from her in 1971 was of Sir Roy Strong, a writer, broadcaster and director of the National Portrait Gallery. The collection at Chatsworth includes portrait busts of various public figures, a full list of which can be seen below:

  • Lady Emma Tennant
  • Harold Macmillan
  • Sir Tom Stoppard
  • Lord Rothschild
  • Sir Roy Strong
  • Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor
  • Sir John Betjeman
  • Andrew, 11th Duke of Devonshire
  • Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
  • HM The Queen
  • HRH The Prince of Wales
  • Self-portrait
  • Lucian Freud
  • The Earl of Burlington, 1976

In 2011, the busts were installed together in the garden where they can be seen today. A display of Angela Conner's other bronze busts can be found at Monnington Court and the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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