Curlew (1979, Sculpture)

Henry Moore’s ‘comic’ sculpture in bronze, a gift to his friend David Niven, only remained in situ at Watford Gap services on the M1 for three days before it was stolen and, presumably, melted down. Niven said at the time: ‘I thought Henry was bonkers leaving two tons of bronze in a car park. But you know Henry.’ Extraordinary no photograph of ‘Curlew‘ exists. There are however various sketches preserved at St John Rigby school, West Wickham, Kent, from a school trip to the Midlands. The children’s coach stopped at Watford Gap and the teacher in charge, a Mrs Torrode, encouraged them to sketch the sculpture.

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