Henry Moore Letter to Sir Kenneth Clark 15 March 1939
15th March 39.
[Drawing of the rectangular base.]
One thing I forgot to ask you about last night, concerning the transport of the figure to and from New York – which is, that because the stone the figure is carved in (Hornton Stone) can only be quarried in limited thickness, the figure had to be made of three horizontal layers of stone, which are dowelled and cemented together. It’s perfectly sound to do that, because the stones are laid on the natural beds, as they should be in ordinary building – But it means that it moving it about it should not be lifted except from the bottom, so that there’s no risk of any separating ... I meant to ask you who I ought to tell this to, so that whenever it’s moved, that is remembered. I told the transport people about it, who fetched it from Chermayeff’s. But I will telephone now to Robert Wellington to tell him about it, so that instructions might go with the figure about this, for when it is moved in New York.
I’m also enclosing photos I took of some of your drawings, for if you’d care to name them.
We enjoyed last night immensely. I hope you’ll quickly get better from your flu.
How to cite
Henry Moore, Letter to Sir Kenneth Clark, 15 March 1939, in Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate Research Publication, 2015, https://www