Catalogue entry


Not inscribed
Plaster, 15 3/8 × 9 1/8 × 5 1/8 (39.1 × 23.3 × 13.1)
Presented by the artist 1978
Exh: Henry Moore, Musée Rodin, Paris, 1971 (41, repr.); Henry Moore Sculptures et Dessins, Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, May–August 1977 (98, repr.); Henry Moore 80th Birthday Exhibition, Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, April–June 1978 (34, repr.); The Henry Moore Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1978, repr. p.47
Lit: John Russell, Henry Moore, 1968, p.159 (bronze repr. pl.170); John Hedgecoe and Henry Moore, Henry Moore, 1968, p.366 (bronze repr. pp.366, 7)

This is the original plaster for L.H.487, which was cast in an edition of nine bronzes. Moore compared the piece to ‘a hippopotamus’; it also reminded him, he wrote, ‘of some white plaster casts of seated figures dating from the Neolithic period in the British Museum.’ (Hedgecoe, op. cit.)

In conversation with the compiler (12 December 1980) the artist mentioned as having been particularly impressed by the Venus of Willendorf and other such effigies, with their strong and very real sense of the fullness, the quintessence of woman.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981