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Shelter drawing


Henry Spencer Moore (1898 - 1986)

Medium : material : charcoal, watercolour ; support : material : paper

Width: 54.6 cm; Height: 25.4 cm;

Signed and dated, lower left, Moore '42

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Browse, Lillian; gift; 1982

About this work
A group of people huddled together on the ground are turned away from the viewer; their faces, where visible, lack detail. These figures express the experience of Londoners sheltering in the Underground during the World War II air raids. By representing the figures as anonymous forms rather than specific individuals, Moore allows them to speak of the common experience of the Blitz. The figures’ thin limbs underscore their vulnerability, but their weighty bodies

convey a sense of monumentality and timelessness. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London/estate of the artist

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