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Family Group: M.409-1985

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Family Group


Sculptor: Moore, Henry Spencer




Bronze. A mother and father seated, with one child standing between the father's knees and another smaller child sitting on the mother's lap. The father places his right hand on the mother's left shoulder and his right hand on the standing child's left shoulder.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss Diana E.M. Hunter

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm
Width: 13.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985) by Hunter, Miss D. E. M.


20th Century, Mid
George VI
Production date: AD 1944


Henry Moore was one of the most important English sculptors of the twentieth century. As a student in Leeds and London, he admired the solidity and power of pre-classical and non-European sculpture, and from the outset of his career in the mid-1920s, he abandoned the representational idiom which had characterized European sculpture since the Renaissance. In the 1930s, Moore’s work was influenced by both Abstraction and Surrealism, but the human form, remained central to his work, especially the reclining female figure, and the mother and child.

In 1944 and 1945 Moore made a series of drawings, and terracotta sketch models of family groups of a mother and father with one or two children. These were initiated by a commission from Henry Morris, Director of Education for Cambridgeshire, for a large bronze for Impington village college, designed by Walter Gropius and his partner Maxwell Fry. This project was never realised, but several of the small sketch models were cast in bronze, including this example.

One of an edition of seven.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MOORE
  • Type: Signature

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.409-1985
Primary reference Number: 13445
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_409_1985
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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