Wednesday 12 February 2014
Iconic Henry Moore sculpture King and Queen arrives in time for Valentine’s Day
The King and Queen, a bronze sculpture cast by Henry Moore in 1953, has come to RHS Garden Wisley – just in time for Valentine’s Day. It is sited outside the Laboratory on the steps overlooking the Canal and will remain in the garden until the end of September.
The sculpture is the culmination of a number of studies of heads, hands and single figures. Moore arrived at the initial idea after modelling a bit of wax and realising it resembled a bearded, Pan-like head with a crown. The title was inspired by his readings of fairy tales to his six-year-old daughter Mary. As was usual for Moore, King and Queen was created in an edition of six bronze casts plus this, the artist’s copy.
The Arch by Henry Moore, which was situated on the top of Battleston Hill for a number of years, recently left the garden to join a temporary exhibition, Moore Rodin, at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.
Colin Crosbie, Curator of RHS Garden Wisley, comments, “Having been born and brought up in Dumfries and Galloway, I have fond memories of the King and Queen Henry Moore sculpture which I first saw as a youngster when my family and I used to go for walks in the Galloway Hills. One of my favourite walks was around Glenkiln, a valley located just outside Dumfries, which is home to several statues. The King and Queen was always my favourite – they are seated, gazing out at the wonderful views over the Glenkiln Reservoir, as if they were born to be there! I am looking forward to seeing the King and Queen again, only this time they will be situated with a magnificent view across Wisley’s Canal”.
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The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.
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