New York


Sculpture 1937 (LH 179)


Hopton-wood stone
length 48cm

I went to the stone quarries in Derbyshire and bought a lot of random blocks of Hopton Wood stone. I had room and space enough to let the stones stand around in the landscape, and seeing them daily gave me fresh ideas for sculpture. Some of the stones were six or seven feet long and very odd shapes. … This was very much a stone period in my life. In fact up to the war, nine out of ten sculptures I did were in stone. I still love stone.

Moore quoted in Henry Moore: Writings and Conversation; edited by Alan Wilkinson, Lund Humphries, Aldershot, 2002, page 222.