Belonging to ADFAS Brisbane is a great way to discover new ideas, artists, sculptures – things of a Fine Arts and Decorative Arts nature.
At a lecture a few years ago I found out about two sculptors I had heard of, but hadn’t seen their work – apart from in books.
Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Being near the Moore house and garden was an opportunity not to be missed. I’m so glad we went.
It’s about an hour from Cambridge and and hour and half from London in a little village called Much Hadham.
We wound around country lanes, past churches and houses like out of a tv series. In fact it is close to Grandchester – which is a tv series.
We pulled up at the gallery and garden with the house ‘Hoglands’ next door.
We spent the next few hours wandering around the large garden and sheep fields with its massive sculptures.
They are scattered around the green fields – the furthest about a 15 minute walk.
There are also several studios and a barn which houses some massive tapestries done by local master weavers to Henry Moore’s sketches and colour design. They are beautiful and something I hadn’t seen before.
In an adjacent studio there was an exhibition of his drawings over a long period of his life. Again wonderful. In the years during the second war he was commissioned to do some drawings reflecting the life of people in London. He chose to do a series in the bomb shelters.
The tour of the house, in its original state, as left by his daughter after Henry died and three years later his wife Irina died.
This is where we found out about the man. He seems to be not only talented but also very warm and kind.
The studio with the marquettes is fascinating. It’s full of models of the sculptures. Henry would prepare them and with the help of other sculptors they would be built to scale.
If you get the chance to visit this wonderful part of the world don’t miss Henry Moore House and garden.