Shelter Sketchbook: Henry Moore (1944) (Ben Nicholson’s Copy)

Artist(s): Henry Moore
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: c.1944
Publisher: Poetry Editions
Publisher Location: London
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated with facsimiles of 82 drawings by Henry Moore

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‘During the war Henry Moore who is, of course, well known as a sculptor, has spent much of his time making drawings of the people and scenes in the air-raid shelters. These drawings have been much admired wherever they have been exhibited, whether in the National Gallery of in America, both for their technical skill and because they have attained so well the atmosphere demanded by their subject.  In his Shelter Sketch Book there are facsimile reproductions of 82 drawings taken from two original sketch books in the possession of Sir Kenneth Clark and the artist’s wife…. Shelter Sketch Book is, we believe, the most important document produced by an English artist in wartime’.

This is Ben Nicholson’s personal copy of his friend’s book with his ownership label to front pastedown. Nicholson has also written his initials in red pencil to front pastedown.

Condition: dust-wrapper worn and tape-reinforced, otherwise very good.


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