Catalogue entry

This catalogue entry discusses a group of works; details of the individual work are given at the end of the introductory text.

Henry Moore O.M., C.H. 1898-1986

P02838 - P02932

Gift of ninety-five lithographs and etchings made between 1970 and 1984. This is the latest part of Henry Moore's ongoing gift to the Tate Gallery's Print Collection of one copy of almost every impression he made. The previous donation was in 1982. The ninety-five prints were presented by the Henry Moore Foundation in 1985.

Henry Moore's complete graphic oeuvre of 719 prints is recorded in four volumes and the volumes of this catalogue raisonné have been compiled by Gérald Cramer, Patrick Cramer, Professor Alistair Grant, Head of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London and David Mitchinson, Curator of Collections at the Henry Moore Foundation, in conjunction with the artist. The first two volumes were published by Gérald Cramer, and the last two by Patrick Cramer in Geneva. The catalogue raisonné reference number of each print is indicated as Cramer, followed by the volume number expressed in roman numerals (I to IV), followed by the number of the print within the volume. This reference can be found at the end of the pre-prose section of each entry. Most of the prints in this donation were made during the period 1980-4 and are contained within Cramer Volume IV, published in 1986, which covers Moore's output from 1980 to the spring of 1984 when ill health prevented him from producing further prints. All prints, if polychrome, are reproduced in Cramer in full colour while those in monochrome are printed in black on a tone colour.

P02838 Mary and Martha 1981, pub. 1983

Lithograph 225 x 251 (8 7/8 x 9 7/8) on T.H. Saunders paper 407 x 446 (16 x 17 1/2 ); printed by Curwen Prints and published by Raymond Spencer Company for the Henry Moore Foundation, Much Hadham; dedicated proof aside from the edition of 50
Inscribed ‘Moore' below image b.r. and ‘For The Tate' below image b.l.
Cramer IV 622

P02838, P02839, P02840, P02841, P02842, P02843, P02844, P02845 and P02846 form a collection of nine lithographs the majority of which bear a biblical title. David Mitchinson was asked about the titles and content of these lithographs:

The titles to the biblical subjects were given during the proofing stages. From memory I think one of the pairs of heads became known as Mary and Martha and the other titles followed in discussions between Moore, the printers and myself. There was some talk of making a portfolio of subjects from the New Testament, and although nothing came of the idea the slightly biblical titles remained (letter of 18 August 1988).


Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.420-1