Manchester Art Gallery

Shelter Scene: Two Swathed Figures

Henry Spencer Moore, 1898 - 1986



Shelter Scene: Two Swathed Figures

Henry Spencer Moore 1898 - 1986

Summary

Seen against the backdrop of a brick wall are the forms of two seated figures, one with a child, wrapped in blankets. Their bodies have become oversized and are only recognisable as people by the indistinct shapes of their heads peering through openings in their blankets. The left figure carries a child in its arms and turns its head to the left to gaze at it; the right figure appears to be looking directly ahead. The blankets create the impression of weighty, solid and protective shells and this idea is reinforced, particularly in the figure on the right, by the resemblance of the forms created by the folds and openings in the blankets, to the mouth of a shell and the grooves that run around the exterior.


Object Name

Shelter Scene: Two Swathed Figures

Creators Name

Henry Spencer Moore

Date Created

1941

Dimensions

support: 27.7cm x 38.2cm
frame: 42.2cm x 57.5cm

accession number

1947.411

Collection Group

fine art
on paper, unique
British

Place of creation

England

Support

paper

Medium

ink
watercolour
pencil
chalk
crayon

Credit

Gift of H.M. Government War Artists' Advisory Committee.

Legal

© transferred to MCGs from the War Artists Advisory Committee, Ministry of Information (1947)


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