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Temple Newsam, Henry Moore sculpture, courtyard and park

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Temple Newsam, Henry Moore sculpture, courtyard and park
18th July 1982. View looking out over Temple Newsam Park from the courtyard of Temple Newsam House. Part of the house is visible on the right. The sculpture seen in the middle of the courtyard is the work of Castleford born sculptor and artist, Henry Moore entitled "Three Piece Reclining Figure Number 1", dating from 1961 to 1962. There were 8 bronze casts made of this sculpture which have found a home in museums and galleries at home and abroad. The original artist's cast was presented by Henry Moore to the Tate Collection in 1978 and the original plaster is in the Moore Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, presented in 1974. Other casts on public display (at the present time, 2013) include the County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, Corniche Road in Jeddah and our own Yorkshire Sculpture Park (this may be the same sculpture as seen in this image). The YSP has the largest display of open-air bronzes by Henry Moore in Europe and an image of "Three Piece Reclining Figure Number 1" may be found on the website, www.ysp.co.uk

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Graham A. Schofield

We can be assured that this sculpture is the same one that is now on display in The Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Henry Moore Foundation have told me that this sculpture was the original of several cast from the same moulds. It is referenced as No.0, being as it is, the artist's cast. After being gifted to 'The Tate' in 1978, it was loaned to Leeds City Council in 1979. The H.M.F. believe that it was at Temple Newsam for a short period only, before it found itself in the grounds of the Y.S.P. They have no record of it being in any other locations before it ended up at the Y.S.P.. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park have informed me that the sculpture has been on long term loan from the Tate Collection since 1989. Did the sculpture spend ten years at Leeds and then go straight to the Y.S.P., or did it at some point within that period return to "The Tate"?




Lynne Kirk (nee Holliday)

A view of the open cast mine in the distance. I remember seeing this on family visits to Templenewsam in the 1970s.


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