These maquettes, or preparatory models, were made during the mid-1940s, when Moore was working on a commission
for a sculpture for a progressive school
for children and parents. The theme
of the family was particularly relevant.
In the end none of Moore's designs were chosen. Four years later he re-considered these models when planning a commission for a similarly progressive school, Barclay Secondary School in Stevenage. A cast
of the full scale Family Group he made for the school is on display in this gallery. Later still, Moore used these maquettes as source material for the other family groups.