Henry Moore was the seventh of ten children of a coal miner; he decided to become a sculptor when he was 11 after hearing the story of Michelangelo. He attended the Royal College of Art from 1922-1925 before becoming a member of its teaching staff. During World War II he was an official war artist. Perhaps better known as a sculptor, for his "primitive" works in stone, Moore was nonetheless a respected if controversial artist in the British post-war period. This print is a study for a sculpture that Moore was commissioned to do.