Henry Moore King and Queen Sculpture

Seeing Double!

Tate Britain

Here’s fun. Double fun!

I went to visit the Tate Britain gallery in London at the weekend to see the fantastic Richard Deacon exhibition and while I was there I had a look round the entire gallery as it has recently undergone some major renovation.

Tate Britain interior
Interior at the Tate Britain

The day after that I went for a long walk around RHS Wisley gardens in Surrey to soak up some Spring sunshine. As I approached the ‘house’ or laboratories at Wisley I had to do a double take as I saw a new sculpture that looked strikingly familiar. I’m usually quite good at making speedy visual connections but I was embarrassingly slow with this one as I couldn’t remember where I’d seen it before. (Is now a bad time to discover that my photographic memory has flaws?!) But then I remembered: I’d only seen it the previous day at the Tate! And I’d even taken a picture of it, as I liked it so much.

King and Queen Henry Moore   King and Queen Wisley
King and Queen at the Tate                  King and Queen at Wisley              

The King and Queen sculpture by Henry Moore (1953) is the culmination of a number of studies of heads and single figures. The title was inspired by his readings of fairy tales to his six-year-old daughter Mary. ‘King and Queen’ was created in an edition of six bronze casts plus this one at Wisley, which is the artist’s copy.

I can’t believe I’ve seen two editions of a Henry Moore sculpture in as many days!

The sculpture will be at Wisley until September 2014.

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