Henry Moore CH OM FBA
(1898-1986)

Died aged c. 88

Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English sculptor and artist. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore's works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire. Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a coal miner. He became well-known through his carved marble and larger-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom. His ability in later life to fulfill large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Despite this, he lived frugally; most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

Henry Moore 1898-1986 sculptor lived here 1934-1940

The Orchard, Marley Lane, Kingston, Canterbury, United Kingdom where he lived (1934-1940)

Leeds College of Art Founded in 1846, by Leeds Mechanics' and Literary Institution, pioneered the teaching of practical art and design in England and USA. Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth studied here. This building was erected for the college in 1903.

Rossington Street, Leeds, United Kingdom where he studied (1919-1921)

Henry Moore 1898–1986 sculptor lived and worked here 1929-1940

11a Parkhill Road, NW3, London, United Kingdom where he was (1929-1940)

Henry Moore sculptor (1898–1986) lived and worked in this studio between 1924 and 1928. Among several words carved here are Mother and Child 1924-5 and Woman with Upraised Arms 1927.

3 Grove Studios, Adie Road, W6, London, United Kingdom where he was (1924-1928)