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Crowd looking at a tied up object; within a landscape. 1942
Graphite, coloured chalks and grey wash, heightened with white, on buff paper
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Height: 442 millimetres
Width: 571 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Moore made an etching based on this subject in 1966 (Cramer 79)
Stamps and inscriptions from the original backing board are kept in the artist's file in P&D: No.2 in pencil twice; Kenneth Clark's signature in pencil; a stamp from the Press and Censorship Bureau passing the work on 12 September 1941; and in ink "HS Merritt, Little End, Oxenden [?] Wood Road, Chelsfield, Kent".
The following label was written by Kim Sloan for Places of the Mind, 2017:
In the mid-1930s, Henry Moore moved into a cottage with five acres of wild meadow in the Kent Downs. He later noted that the landscape became very important to him as a background and environment for his sculpture. Monolithic forms in Neolithic sites and sculptures covered in damp cloths to keep clay moist inspired this moving example of landscape as a pictorial setting for imaginary sculpture. African art was also a source – here a 1933 illustration of Nupe tribesmen before two large veiled cult objects.
Lit.: F. Carey 'Some Versions of Pastoral', in K. Sloan (ed.), exhib. cat. BM, London, 'Places of the Mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850-1950', 2017, pp. 140-171.
F. Carey, exhib.cat., BM, London, `Collecting the 20th century`, 1991, p.8.
The photograph of Nupe men standing around two veiled Dako cult dance costumes, Nigeria was reproduced in Leo Frobenius, Kulturgeschichte Afrikas (1933), a copy of which was owned by the artist.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991/2 Oct-Feb, BM, Collecting the 20th century
2001 Feb-May, Dallas Mus. of Art, 'Henry Moore Retrospective'
2001 June-Sep, San Francisco,Calif. Legion of Honor, 'Henry Moore Retrospective'
2001/2 Oct-Jan, Washington, DC, NGA, 'Henry Moore Retrospective'
2006 July-Oct, Barcelona, CaixaForum, 'Henry Moore'
2010 Feb-Aug, London, Tate Britain, Henry Moore
2010/11 Sep-Feb, Toronto, AG of Ontario, Henry Moore
2017 23 Feb-27 Aug, London, BM, G90, Places of the Mind: British Landscape watercolours 1850-1950
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- Acquisition notes
- Accepted by H M Government (the Treasury Commissioners of Inland Revenue) in lieu of tax on the estate of the late Lord Clark of Saltwood and allocated to the British Museum.
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