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A visitor in the Henry Moore gallery at Tate Britain

Photo © Rikard Österlund

Henry Moore OM, CH, Reclining Figure  1951

In the late 1940s, the Arts Council invited Moore to submit ideas for a sculpture to be sited at the South Bank site of the Festival of Britain. Although the organising committee suggested a family theme, Moore chose to make this tense, skeletal reclining form. The work on display is the plaster model for the bronze, which was cast in an edition of five.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Henry Moore OM, CH, Recumbent Figure  1938

This is one of the earliest works in which Moore shows the female figure undulating like the landscape. It was commissioned by the architect Serge Chermayeff to stand on the terrace of his home on the Downs. Visually, the figure would have acted as a bridge between the rolling hills and the ultra-modern house. Moore, like others, used many native British stones at this time. This Hornton stone came from a quarry near Banbury in Oxfordshire.

Gallery label, July 2007

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Henry Moore OM, CH, Moon Head  1964, cast c.1964–6

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Henry Moore OM, CH, Family Group  1944

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T02270: Reclining Figure
Henry Moore OM, CH Reclining Figure 1951
N05387: Recumbent Figure
Henry Moore OM, CH Recumbent Figure 1938
T02297: Moon Head
Henry Moore OM, CH Moon Head 1964, cast c.1964–6
L01767: Family Group
Henry Moore OM, CH Family Group 1944