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Henry Moore

46 of 99 portraits of Henry Moore

© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London/ © DACS 2019

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Henry Moore

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 3 May 1954
7 3/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (188 mm x 188 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Photographs Collection
NPG x40286

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  • Henry Moore (1898-1986), Sculptor. Sitter in 99 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1112 portraits, Sitter associated with 361 portraits.

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John Venning

17 October 2015, 11:38

Do you already know that the sculpture, Draped Torso, had recently (May1954) been acquired by Sir Robert Abdy after a controversial rejection of its purchase (March1954) by the Manchester City Council over-ruling a decision of its Art Galleries Committee? Beaton was staying at Newton Ferrers, Callington, Cornwall (as he often did) to meet Moore who came down to advise on the siting of the sculpture. They agreed on a position at the top of the water garden visible in the background. Another classic portrait of Moore by Beaton seems to have been taken on this visit at Stowe's Pound, Bodmin Moor with the Cheesewring rock formation as the background.

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