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.
Portfolio of eight 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; hors commerce
proofs aside from the edition of 50 portfolios
David Mitchinson told the compiler in a letter dated 18 August 1988 that ‘the ideas for the Seven Ages of Man
portfolio were originally worked out in drawings in a sketchbook, but I have no recollection of any specific reason why Moore decided to make them as lithographs.'
All the images and corresponding lines of quotations are taken from Act II, Scene VII of William Shakespeare's As You Like It.
P02884 The Pantaloon
Lithograph 267 x 206 (10 1/2 x 8 1/8) on paper 410 x 334 (16 1/8 x 13 1/8)
Inscribed ‘Moore' below image b.r., ‘HC 8/10' below image b.l.; printed inscription ‘The sixth age shifts into the lean & |slipper'd pantaloon - with spectacles on nose | & pouch on side, his youthful hose, well saved, | a world too wide for his shrunk shank & his big | manly voice, turning again toward childish treble, | pipes & whistles in his sound' across top of image
Cramer IV 666
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.420 and 427-8
The potential richness at the end of life