Henry Moore OM, CH
Grey Tube Shelter 1940

Artwork details

Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Grey Tube Shelter
Date 1940
Medium Watercolour, gouache, ink and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 279 x 381 mm
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Not on display

Display caption

One evening in autumn 1940, Moore
took cover from an air raid in Belsize Park underground station. Looking around
at the people sheltering there, he became 'fascinated by the sight of people camping out deep under ground'. On returning
to his studio he made some drawings from memory. When Kenneth Clark, chairman
of the War Artists Advisory Committee,
saw the pictures he commissioned
further drawings and appointed Moore
as an official war artist.


These drawings were exhibited for the first time in 1941. They were often interpreted
as metaphors for the stoic resistance
of the British people in the face of war.

September 2004

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