ProvenanceLord Kenneth Clark, Saltwood, acquired from the artist
The Honorable Colette Clark, Oxford, gift from the above
Fischer Fine Art, Ltd., London
Property from the Collection of Ryda and Robert H. Levi, acquired from the above, 23 May 1977
Sale, Christie's New York, Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, 12 May 2016, sale 12069, lot 1 C
Private Collection, California
LiteratureD. Sylvester, ed., Henry Moore: Complete Sculpture 1921-1948, London, 1957, vol. 1, p. 15, no. 238.
J. Hedgecoe and H. Moore, Henry Moore, New Yor...More...k, 1968, p. 176, no. 4 (another cast illustrated; plaster version illustrated, pp. 163 and 269; dated 1944).
R. Melville, ed., Henry Moore: Sculpture and Drawings 1921-1969, London, 1970, no. 376 (another cast illustrated).
G. di San Lazzaro, "Homage to Henry Moore," Cahier's d'Art, 1972, p. 45 (terracotta version illustrated).
A. Bowness, ed., Henry Moore: Sculptures and Drawings 1964-73, London, 1977, vol. 4, p. 10 (terracotta version illustrated, pl. A).
B. von Erich Steingräber, "Henry Moore Maquetten" in Pantheon, 1978, p. 24 (terracotta version illustrated fig. 23).
D. Mitchinson, ed., Henry Moore Sculpture, London, 1981, p. 310, no. 174 (another cast illustrated in color, p. 94).
R. Berthoud, The Life of Henry Moore, London, 1987, fig. 88 (terracotta version illustrated).
J. Hedgecoe, Henry Moore: A Monumental Vision, Cologne, 2005, p. 210, no. 239 (another cast illustrated, p. 211).
"Family Group" (1945) documents the optimisim and hope of Post-War Europe in sculptural form. The young family depicted shows the rebirth of the British people after one of the darkest eras in human history.
Henry Moore’s market for top sculptural works has seen significant activity since 2016 when Reclining Figure: Festival (1951) set the world record price for a work at auction, selling for $32,766,700.
Although Henry Moore was a prolific artist in a variety of media, his sculptures are the most desirable and will likely continue to see a rise in value as the supply of important bronzes continues to decrease.
The graph by Art Market Research shows that since 1976, Henry Moore sculptures have increased at a 4.9% annual rate of return.