- Extended catalogue entry
by Henry Moore
Oil on canvas laid on board
23 in. x 19 1/8 in. (585 mm x 487 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
On back of board inscr. in ink: ‘from the Collection of James Matthews, Esqr. / who had this sketch from the Artist’;
faded chalk figures vertically aligned: ‘60 / 2 / 098’.
Detached label (fragment): ‘Henry Moo … / by himself / Left by Lewis Edwards Esq. / 5 Oxford Terrace / April 1915’.
This portraitback to top
This is a rare and otherwise undocumented self-portrait by a painter known for vivid seascapes, in which he presents himself in the character of vagabond artist or perhaps muleteer. It was presumably executed in Moore’s youth, before he acquired the thick dark beard seen in photographs, and possibly during or after his visits to France and Switzerland in the mid-1850s. Only the features are carefully worked, the hat, ear and even hand being loosely sketched. The surface is damaged and abraded in small areas. Virtually nothing is known of the two men named as previous owners,  and the circumstances of its accession are obscure.
Dr Jan Marsh
Footnotesback to top
Physical descriptionback to top
Head, wearing hat, looking into distance, moustache, right hand to chin, arm and shoulders sketched in.
Conservationback to top
Provenanceback to top
James Matthews; Lewis Edwards, from whom acquired 1915.
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