They have quite a few of his works at the Sainsbury Centre at the UEA here in Norwich. Though Moore is best known for his sculpture, I am always attracted to his drawings which are sometimes preliminary sketches for the sculptures, sometimes not. What I like about them is that though you can really see the strength of the sculptor at play, they are equally compelling in their own right. Moore was the Official War Artist of World War II between 1940-42. He produced drawings of Londoners sheltering in underground stations during air raids, some of which are also on display at the Sainsbury Centre. War Artist: what an odd job description. I wonder who got that for the war in Iraq, if anyone.
Family Group, 1944
This drawing forms part of the preliminary ideas for a sculpture to be sited outside a school near Cambridge. In several of the studies two children are shown handling a book, a detail inspired by the scholastic nature of the project. The commission was abandoned for financial reasons, but an altered version of the sculpture (with a single child) was made several years later. As I think you can tell, I have copied and pasted this bit from a site that gives information about the art. It’s rather straightforward, but then writing about art beyond the informative is fraught with problems and can often lead to pseuds’ corner via some specialised and tortured gobbledegook. I’ll post a dissertation about it one day.