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.
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.
Six lithographs, various sizes, on T.H. Saunders paper various sizes; printed by Curwen Prints and published by Raymond Spencer Company for the Henry Moore Foundation, Much Hadham; dedicated proofs aside from the edition of 50
Inscribed on each sheet ‘Moore' below image b.r. and ‘For/The Tate' below image b.l.
David Mitchinson was asked if any of the ideas for sculpture contained in this series of prints were executed and he replied (letter of 18 August 1988): ‘There was no sculpture ever connected with these graphics. The title was mine and accepted by Moore because the ideas were similar to drawings of the same title dating from the late 30s'.
P02866 Ideas for Metal Sculpture II
Lithograph 224 x 245 (8 3/4 x 9 5/8) on paper 448 x 448 (17 5/8 x 17 5/8)
Cramer IV 612
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.420 and 424-5