Lot 137
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HENRY MOORE, O.M., C.H. | Shelter Drawing: Three Sleeping Figures in Basement

35,000 - 45,000 GBP
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  • Henry Moore
  • Shelter Drawing: Three Sleeping Figures in Basement
  • signed and dated indistinctly 4-
  • charcoal, crayon, watercolour and gouache on paper
  • 20 by 16cm.; 8 by 6¼in.
  • Executed in 1940-1.


Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1969
Galleria Toninelli Art Moderna, Italy, 1971
Fischer Fine Art, London, 1972
James Kirkman, London, 1981
Fischer Fine Art, London, 1982
Rex Irwin, Woollahra, 1990
Barry O'Keefe QC
Peter Nahum at the Leicester Galleries, London
His sale, Christie's South Kensington, The Poetry of Crisis: The Peter Nahum Collection of British Surrealist and Avant-Garde Art 1930-1951, 15th November 2006, lot 219, where acquired by the present owner


Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Henry Moore: Drawings, Watercolours and Gouaches, 1970, cat. no.58;
Cologne, Baukunst Galerie, Henry Moore: Plastiken und Zeichnungen, 1970-71, cat. no.64;
Salzburg, Galerie Welz, Henry Moore: Plastiken und Grafik, 1981, cat. no.17;
London, Fischer Fine Art Ltd, The British Neo-Romantics 1935-1950, July - September 1983, ex. cat., with tour to National Museum of Wales, Cardiff;
Sydney, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Henry Moore: A Tribute, 1990, cat. no.17;
Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Henry Moore 1898-1986, 12th April - 9th August 1992, cat. no.17.


Ann Garrould (ed.), Henry Moore, Complete Drawings 1940-49, Vol. 3, Lund Humphries, London, 2001, cat. no.AG40-41.172, illustrated p.71.

Catalogue Note

The incomplete date probably indicates Moore's uncertainty when signing and dating this drawing prior to its inclusion in the 1970 Basel exhibition. The present work is recorded with the Henry Moore Foundation as HMF 1748.