Family Group
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Family Group 1944
In 1944 Moore made a series of drawings and maquettes (small models) of family groups. These were preliminary ideas for a sculpture to be sited outside a school near Cambridge. In several of the studies two children are shown handling a book, a detail inspired by the scholastic nature of the project. The commission was abandoned for financial reasons, but an altered version of the sculpture (with a single child) was made several years later. Although primarily known as a sculptor, Moore concentrated on drawing while he was an Official War Artist from 1940 to 1942. He produced drawings of Londoners sheltering in underground stations during air raids.

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


A preparatory model for a sculpture.

Commission, Maquette


  • Acc. No. GMA 2065
  • Medium Watercolour, ink, crayon and chalk on paper
  • Size 52.30 x 44.90 cm (framed: 58.70 x 67.90 x 3.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1978