T02282 BIRD 1959
Bronze, 4 3/4 × 14 3/4 × 5 1/8 (12.1 × 37.5 × 13)
Presented by the artist 1978
Exh: Henry Moore Sculpture and Drawings, New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone, April–May 1966 and City Art Gallery, Plymouth, June–July 1966 (38); Mostra di Henry Moore, Forte di Belvedere, Florence, May–September 1972 (105, repr.); Henry Moore-Fem Decennier Skulptur, teckning, grafik 1923–1975, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, June–July 1975 and tour to Stolkholm and Ålborg (57); Henry Moore, Expo Zürich, Zürcher Forum, Zurich, June–August 1976 (61); Henry Moore 80th Birthday Exhibition, Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, April–June 1978 (81, repr.); The Henry Moore Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1978, repr. p.41
Lit: John Hedgecoe and Henry Moore, Henry Moore, 1968, p.405, repr.
Repr: Alan Bowness (ed.), Henry Moore Sculpture 1955–64, 1965, pl.78a, b
L.H. 445, cast in an edition of twelve. In Hedgecoe, op. cit., Moore wrote: ‘Ten years ago [i.e.1958] I made a teracotta bird table. A big, black crow (I particularly like crows) used to come and eat from this table. I think it came because it was old and sick and it was the only way it could get its food. It had something wrong with its beak and it stood almost horizontally. That bird is why I did this sculpture.’
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981