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Henry Spencer Moore (1898-1986) was one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of the period. He is renowned for his semi-abstract monumental bronzes, which can be seen all over the world.

A black and white photo showing the artist Henry Moore, wearing a check car coat and hat. He is leaning on a walking stick and looking up at a huge bronze sculpture, 'Sheep Piece'.

Henry Moore’s story


Moore was born in Castleford, a small mining town in Yorkshire, in 1898. After training to be a teacher and serving in the British Army he studied at Leeds School of Art and then the Royal College of Art, London.

By the 1950s Moore had begun to receive a number of international commissions. He continued working in sculpture, drawing, printmaking and textile design until his death in 1986.

Moore was a pioneer, and the first British artist to become a global star in his own lifetime. His work came to symbolise post-war modernism and can be said to have caused a British sculptural renaissance.

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A black and white photo portrait of the artist Henry Moore with both hands raised, palms facing the camera, in front of his face

See a timeline of Henry Moore’s life, including biographical information, significant artworks, and his interactions with other artists.


Timeline of Henry Moore’s life

Moore’s art


Moore’s artistic output encompasses sculptures, drawings, tapestries, textiles and graphic works produced over a long, varied and hugely productive career.

Our online catalogue is an ongoing project that so far details over 13,000 works by Moore from our collection and around the world.

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Search Henry Moore’s art

Our online catalogue contains details of over 13,000 sculptures, drawings, tapestries, textiles and graphic works by Henry Moore.

Henry Moore around the world

A world famous artist in his own lifetime, you can see sculptures by Henry Moore in public spaces and art galleries across the world.

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Touring exhibitions

Henry Moore in Florence
Henry Moore photographing a polystyrene model of Large Square Form with Cut 1969-71 in preparation for his major exhibition in Florence in 1972. Photo: Marchiori

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Henry Moore in Florence

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Piazza Signoria and San Miniato Abbey, Italy
Bill Brandt/Henry Moore
Black and white photograph of photo-collage arranged by Henry Moore, 1978. Photo: Errol Jackson

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Bill Brandt/Henry Moore

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Yale Center for British Art, USA
Henry Moore: Drawing in the Dark

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Henry Moore: Drawing in the Dark

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St Albans Museum + Gallery, UK
Henry Moore: Drawing in the Dark

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Henry Moore: Drawing in the Dark

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Danum Gallery, UK

Henry Moore Archive

The world’s leading resource on the life and work of Henry Moore, containing publications, correspondence, photographs and exhibition material. The archive is part of Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in rural Hertfordshire.

The Henry Moore Archive, a chalet bungalow with modern Core-Ten steel extension. In the foreground is a small, black sculpture by Henry Moore.

Visit the archive

We welcome anyone with an interest in Henry Moore, his life and his work.

The archive contains over three quarters of a million objects and documents relating to Moore, dating back to 1914.

You can view material at your leisure in our dedicated, spacious reading room.

Open by appointment, Mondays to Fridays, 10:00–16:30.


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Stories from the archive

Working in the archive often leads to uncovering fascinating stories about Henry Moore’s life and work.

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Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Experience Henry Moore’s iconic work in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with a visit to the artist’s former home, studios and sculpture gardens.

Perry Green
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom

T:  01279 843 333