Henry Spencer Moore

Henry Spencer Moore

Castleford, Metropolitan Borough of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Death 31 Aug 1986 (aged 88)
Much Hadham, East Hertfordshire District, Hertfordshire, England
Burial Perry Green, East Hertfordshire District, Hertfordshire, England
Plot The North side of the graveyard
Memorial ID 10743799 · View Source
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Artist. Born in Castleford, Yorkshire, he left school in 1915 and went to teachers' training college. Two years later, he visited London for the first time in order to enlist in the Artists' Rifles, but he was rejected and joined the Civil Service Rifles instead. He sailed to France in August that year but, in December, was gassed during the assault on Cambrai, and was considered very fortunate to survive. After his convalescence, he returned to duty as an instructor of bayonet and physical training, and returned to France just before the Armistice. In February 1919, he took up a post as a teacher in Castleford; but, that September, he enrolled at the Leeds College of Art, where he completed the two-year drawing course in one year. He went on to study at the sculpture school of the Royal College of Art in London and, in January 1928, held his first one-man exhibition. In July 1929, he married Irina Radetsky and they moved into a studio at 11a Parkhill Road, Hampstead, North London. Unfortunately, this was bombed in October 1940, and they moved to a house called Hoglands in the village of Perry Green, situated in the Hertfordshire countryside about 35 miles North East of London. From 1940 to 1942, Moore served as an official war artist, and is well remembered for his drawings of women and children sheltering in London's underground stations during the bombing. He had abandoned sculpture, but returned to it in 1944 with his statue of the Madonna and Child, in St. Matthew's Church in Nottingham. His first retrospective exhibition was held in 1946 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1948, he won the Venice Biennale. His sculptures can be seen outside the House of Commons in London, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the Lincoln Centre in New York City and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, as well as on the grave of Dame Edith Sitwell in Weedon Lois, Northamptonshire. Henry Moore refused any official title, but was made a Companion of Honour in 1958 and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1963.

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