@ Henry Moore Studios and Gardens
During this period, through numerous friendships and mentors, a wealth of art in public and private collections was opened up to him. At the Royal College Moore abided by the curriculum, which focused on copying classical Western art, but spent much of his spare time exploring the ethnographic collections of the British Museum and the displays in the South Kensington museums. Thanks to a travelling scholarship in 1925, he had his first direct encounter with early Italian wall painting and sculpture, which again played an important part in his artistic development. These influences were not only critical for the development of Moore’s early style, but they continued to inform his work for the rest of his career.