Henry Moore OM
Photo taken @ Hoglands 30 May 2007
I met Henry Moore at his home, Hoglands in Perry Green, in 1978 in the week of his 80th birthday.
was attending courses at Cossors Electronics at the time, Staying at
the Railway Hotel in Sawbridgeworth. The owner noticed my interest in
Henry Moore's sculpture; he suggested that I make a visit to
Green. Met at the door of Hoglands, by HM's wife Irina, she informed
that the great man was watching the tennis. When he appeared I was
surprised how short he was but with a very firm handshake.
Standing inside the side door, as above, surrounded by cabinets of curiousities; collections of cycladic art.
ambition at this time was to be a potter, on retirement from the Royal
Navy; everything changed to a desire to emulate him and be a sculptor
Years passed and at the age of 47 started a degree course
in Fine Arts. Achieved a lowly 2nd class honours BA but was invited to
interview for an MA course in Sculpture Studies at Leeds University and
the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.
Benedict Read and Tony Hughes
accepted 8 of us for the intensive year 1994-95 inc. The best group of
people I have ever had the honour of being with and the best year ever
spent. More about that later.
It was many years later that a return visit was made at an invited open day. The house had been restored at great expense.
Wednesday 30 May 2007. The Foundation treated all the guests to a wonderful day of entertainment and a feast of delights,
Photos taken at Glenkiln Estate, Scotland in 1979.
of the Master