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    Sale 12304

    Modern British and Irish Art

    14 July 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 116

    Henry Moore, O.M., C.H. (1898-1986)

    Two Women Bathing a Child

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    Henry Moore, O.M., C.H. (1898-1986)
    Two Women Bathing a Child
    signed ‘Moore’ (lower right)
    ink, charcoal and crayon
    7 x 10 in. (17.8 x 25.4 cm.)
    Executed in 1946.


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    Inspired by the birth of his daughter, Henry Moore drew numerous domestic scenes during the second half of the 1940s. Unlike his earlier drawings, they were not executed as preparatory studies for sculpture but as an end in themselves, as the artist explains: 'For my early sculptures, I made drawings which were fully realised from one point of view. However, for some years now I have not used a drawing directly for sculpture. I am a sculptor because I want to make the full reality of an object, so that it exists in itself, and I now work by making small models, or maquettes, which can be held in my hand and considered from every angle. As a result my drawing is no longer a handmaiden, a servant of my sculpture - it can follow an independent path. Drawing is still essential to me and an outlet for ideas not necessarily related to my sculpture' (see exhibition catalogue, Henry Moore Drawings 1969-1979, New York, Wildenstein & Co., 1979, p. 6).

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    Provenance

    with Leicester Galleries, London, 1946.
    Lady Walston, Cambridge, 1970.
    Lord Walston Family Trust, Cambridge, their sale; Christie’s, London, 29 November 1988, lot 311.


    Literature

    R. Melville, Henry Moore, Sculpture and Drawings 1921-1969, London, 1970, pp. 166, 353, no. 358, illustrated.
    A. Garrould (ed.), Henry Moore, Complete Drawings 1940-49, Vol. 3, London, 2001, pp. 244-245, no. AG 46.42, HMF 2374, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    London, Leicester Galleries, Catalogue of the Exhibitions of Living Irish Art, New Sculpture and Drawings by Henry Moore, October 1946, no. 58.
    London, Tate Gallery, Sculpture and Drawings by Henry Moore, May - July 1951, no. 153.