Henry Moore Letter to John Rothenstein 12 August 1944
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Much Hadham 66.
I was delighted when it was first mentioned, but I wasn’t able to collect the little clay studies for you all to see, first because the vicar of St Matthew’s wanted them for a time at the church, and then it was suggested tiny bronzes being made of the two of them, and some of the others to be fired at Fulham Pottery – and all this took an [end of page 1] unusually long time – and it’s now more than a year since these little studies were first done, and that’s what’s making me hesitate now over your suggestion – for it would mean putting my mind back in working to a year ago; – so I’m wondering whether it wouldn’t be a better idea to consider instead, some studies I finished about a month ago. These are for a large stone group I’ve been asked by Henry Morris, to do for Impington Village College. (Subject is ‘The Family’.)
I’ve finished some ten or twelve small clay studies, of which there are four or five. I’m quite pleased with, and any one of these four or five I should enjoy carrying out, though I’m letting Impington have a choice between two particular ones which will best fit Impington and its site.
But I think it would be best if we could talk about it all, perhaps better still if you yourself could see these Impington Studies.
How to cite
Henry Moore, Letter to John Rothenstein, 12 August 1944, in Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate Research Publication, 2015, https://www