Sharing the Same Green Blanket, 1940-41, (HMF 1705). Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.

Reclining Figures with Blue Central Composition, 1967, (CGM 84). Lithograph. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.

Three Standing Figures 1966 (CGM 82). Lithograph. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.

Two Seated Women, 1967, (CGM 85), Lithograph. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.

During the 'blitz' in the early 1940s, the London Underground is shelter for Londoners. The platforms are refuge for people. They also sleep there. The sculptor, Henry Moore, takes the train (tube) and sees the line ups into the stations and people sleeping on the platforms. He draws them from memory, and from his notes, such as:"Two sleeping figures (seen from above) sharing cream-coloured thin blankets (drapery closely stuck to form). Hands and arms. Try positions oneself." Later, in his studio, he draws what he has seen.

In 1967, eighty of these drawings are reproduced by collotype facsimile and, with a series of seven original lithographs, are published as 'The Shelter Sketchbook' portfolio.

Pen and ink, crayon and watercolor on cheap notebooks.

Artist: Henry Moore.

More information and images at the Henry Moore Foundation. Note: Use of the images must be obtained by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.

 
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