JOSEFINA DE VASCONCELLOS 1904 – 2005: Of Brazilian descent, in 1921 Josefina gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Art and at the age of 19 was accepted into the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, where she studied under Antoine Bourdelle, one of Auguste Rodin's assistants. In 1930 she married the artist Delmar Banner who was an Anglican lay preacher. They settled in Little Langdale in the Lake District and she was received into the Church of England which led to the topic of faith running through much of her artistic work. With her last commission in 2001, she was recognised as the world's oldest working sculptor. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in charitable causes for disadvantaged young people and in 1985 was awarded the Order of the British Empire for setting up the Harriet Trust for disabled children.