Henry Moore: A Shelter Sketchbook available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Henry Moore: A Shelter Sketchbook

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A rare used copy of this collection of Henry Moore's sketches of people sheltering overnight in Underground stations during the Blitz

In 1940, during the Blitz, when London was suffering constant air-raids, the sculptor Henry Moore became fascinated by the sight of people sheltering overnight in Underground railway stations. Over the next few months he filled two sketchbooks with drawings which provide a moving record of life in wartime London. One of these was bequeathed to the British Museum in 1977, and its 68 pages are here reproduced in facsimile for the first time.
The drawings executed in pen and ink, wax crayon and watercolour, are among Moore's most important works: he used them as a means of exploring sculptural ideas which came to fruition after the war, and at the same time they reveal the artist, in perhaps less familiar guise, as a brilliant and inventive colourist.
The sketches are preceded by Henry Moore's own account of how they came to be made, with a commentary by Frances Carey from the British Museum.



  • Hardback: 24 pp text and 67 colour plates
  • Date published: 1988 (1st edition)
  • Condition: Good - clean dust jacket, personal dedication on page 2,  some sunning to spine and adjacent
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500280720
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 18 cm

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