A maquette is model for a larger piece of sculpture, created in order to visualise how it might look and to work out approaches and materials for how it might be made

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  • Dame Barbara Hepworth, 'Maquette, Three Forms in Echelon' 1961
    Dame Barbara Hepworth
    Maquette, Three Forms in Echelon 1961
    Metal and mixed media
    object: 672x 503x 218 mm

    Presented by the executors of the artist's estate 1980© Bowness, Hepworth Estate
  • Henry Moore OM, CH, 'Maquette for Fallen Warrior' 1956
    Henry Moore OM, CH
    Maquette for Fallen Warrior 1956
    Bronze
    object: 140 x 155 x 265 mm
    Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994© The Henry Moore Foundation. This image must not be reproduced or altered without prior consent from the Henry Moore Foundation.
  • Reg Butler, 'Final Maquette for 'The Unknown Political Prisoner'' 1951-2
    Reg Butler
    Final Maquette for 'The Unknown Political Prisoner' 1951-2
    Painted stone and painted bronze
    object: 445 x 205 x 165 mm
    Lent by the Estate of Reg Butler 1986© The estate of Reg Butler

Maquettes are often fascinating works in their own right, conveying the immediacy of the artist’s first realisation of an idea.