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Drawing in the Dark

Drawing in the Dark

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Henry Moore's Coalmining Commission 

Chris Owen 

In contrast to Henry Moore's well-known drawings depicting Londoners sheltering from the Blitz, little has been written about how this son of a Yorkshire coalminer tackled his second commission from the War Artists' Advisory Committee in 1941; drawing men in 'Britain's underground army', the miners of Wheldale colliery

Redressing this imbalance, Chris Owen's comprehensive account of the coalmining drawings explores every aspect of the commission - from Moore's return to his childhood home and the challenges associated with 'drawing in the dark' to the significant influence of the project on Moore's later work, including the Warrior and Helmet Head sculptures, and his little-known illustrations to W.H. Auden's poetry

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