Henry Moore - The Shelter Sketchbook Portfolio Press Release      

This is a 'virtual' exhibition only. I am very happy to show clients the works in London or Norfolk, but they are not displayed as an exhibition.

During the 'blitz' in the early 1940s, the London Underground served as a shelter for Londoners - who not only used the platforms as refuges, but also slept there. Moore produced a group of drawings - the 'shelter sketches' - that are a revelation to those who only know his sculpture. They are of course sculptural, but also subtle, with an extraordinary use of colour, and, above all, humane.

In 1967, eighty of these were reproduced by collotype facsimile, and, with a series of seven original lithographs, were published as 'The Shelter Sketchbook' portfolio.

Moore's best prints were usually made for portfolios; the element of series seemed to add to their strength. These seven lithographs used rich colour to create their forms and are the best known of the early portfolios. All are signed and numbered from the 'de Tete' edition of 75, and some are on Japanese paper.

The Shelter Sketchbook facsimiles are not signed, and are very beautiful in their own right, although the market puts relatively little value on them. I hope any buyer of the lithographs will choose four of the facsimiles as well.

Henry  Moore
Two Seated Women from the de luxe 'Shelter Sketchbook' portfolio, 1966
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