Henry Moore, 3/4 Mother & Child and Reclining Figure, 1977

Artist: Henry Moore (1898 - 1986)
Title:3/4 Mother & Child and Reclining Figure, 1977
Reference:Bowness 728
Medium:sculpted bronze / bronze sculpture
Sheet Size:29 1/2 in x 20 7/8 in (75 cm x 53 cm)
Framed Size:31 in x 21 1/2 in (78.8 cm x 54.6 cm)
Edition:Inscribed in the upper left edge/lip, "5/9"; out of the total edition of 9 cast by the Morris Singer Foundry.
Signature:This work is hand-inscribed by Henry Moore (West Yorkshire, 1898 – Hertfordshire, 1986) in the upper left edge/lip, "Moore".
Condition:Cast bronze in excellent condition
ID #w-2506

Historical Description

This Henry Moore 3/4 Mother & Child and Reclining Figure, 1977 appears as a figural study cast in bronze; nostalgic and personal undertones can be felt through Moore's expressive line and manner in which the figures are raised slightly from the surface. One the left we see a small panel of the Reclining Figure; propped against one arm, the other rests listless on a raised knee. With both indented and raised elements, the composition shows Moore's artistry with the bronze medium and his ability to translate organic, fluid forms through sculpture.

The small panel on the right features the Mother & Child. She swaddles and carries her baby in the way most women would. However, with such minimal detail, we are still able to assume the emotion, feeling, and tenderness that Moore has been able to capture with this intimate composition. Both panels are textured and transformative under the light - the small shadows cast by the raised silhouettes make way for illusory movement, breathing life into the bronze and evoking a more emotional and vivid reaction to its audience.

Created in 1977 by the Morris Singer Foundry, this original cast bronze sculpture is hand-inscribed by Henry Moore (1898 - 1986) in the upper left edge/lip, 'Moore'. Numbered 5/9 from the total edition of 9.


The Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Frederiction: 40 Years of British Sculpture. September - November, 1941


1. Raymond Spence Company, Ltd.
2. George J. Rosengarten OC, 1985
3. From the private collection of Mr. & Mrs. Phung (Vancouver, CAN)

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Henry Moore 3/4 Mother & Child and Reclining Figure, 1977 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Henry Moore - Complete Sculpture, Volume 5 1974 - 1980. (1983) Bowness, A. (Ed.). Lund Humphries: London. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 728.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:

Henry Moore 3/4 Mother & Child and Reclining Figure, 1977 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats.

Subject Matter: Maternity