Property of Robert A. Bernhard, a Descendant of Mayer Lehman
(1898 - 1986)
FOUR FAMILY GROUPS
Signed Moore and dated 44 (lower left)
Watercolor, colored crayon and pencil on paper
9 by 7 in. (22.9 by 17.8 cm)
Framed: 16⅛ by 13¼ in. (41 by 33.7 cm)
Executed in 1944.
This work is recorded in the archives of the Henry Moore Foundation under number 2199.
Executed on cream wove paper. The sheet has been hinged to a mount at the upper left and upper right corners of its verso. There is a vertical line of perforation approximately 1/2 inch from the left edge, which runs for the length of the sheet, as if the sheet comes from a notebook. This perforation has been reinforced with tape to the verso. Two artist's pinholes to the upper right corner. A slight undulation to the sheet. A 1/4 inch tear to the top half of the left edge. A nick to the bottom half of the right edge. The work is in overall very good condition.
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Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired by 1969)
Paul Bianchini, New York
Acquired from the above on October 25, 1972
David Mitchinson, Henry Moore: Unpublished Drawings, Turin, 1971, pl. 154l, illustrated n.p.
John Hedgecoe, A Monumental Vision: The Sculpture of Henry Moore, London, 1998, n.n., illustrated p. 107
Ann Garrould, ed., Henry Moore Complete Drawings 1940-49, vol. 3, London, 2001, no. AG 43-44.8, illustrated p. 203
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Henry Moore Drawings and Sculptures, 1970, no. 96