Henry Moore & Gerald Cramer: 25 years of Art & Friendship

26 Nov 2014 – 16 Dec 2014

Event times

10am-6pm on weekdays from the 26th November

Cost of entry

Free Entrance.

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Sims Reed Gallery is delighted to present a selling exhibition of around 100 prints by Henry Moore, none of which have been shown in public or put on the market before. The show will run from 26th November – 16th December at 30 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AU. This museum- quality collection comes from the estate of renowned print publisher and dealer Gerald Cramer.


This exhibition celebrates the special relationship between artist Henry Moore and publisher Gerald Cramer, which gave birth to so many of the most important prints made by Moore throughout his career. It will include Cramer’s personal copy of every print he worked on with Moore, each inscribed by the artist with a dedication to Cramer. Together this group of over 100 individual works and portfolios creates a comprehensive, but also very intimate, portrait of their very fruitful working friendship.

Gerald Cramer, a successful and distinguished gallerist based in Geneva, first approached Moore in 1961 to ask for a drawing for the gallery’s annual stock catalogue. The two soon became friends and Cramer introduced Moore to the great intaglio printer Lacourière. Although Moore had at that point made very few prints, Cramer encouraged him to devote serious attention to printmaking and Moore embraced the idea with enthusiasm. This friendship continued for another 25 years until Moore’s death in 1986 and produced hundreds of prints.

Prices range from £500 - £40,000.


Gerald Cramer, Swiss art dealer and publisher.

From 1942 to 1983, Mr. Cramer ran the Galerie Gerald Cramer in Geneva, where he published illustrated books and print editions by artists like Braque, Mirò, Chagall, Henry Moore and Max Ernst. He also published trade books.

His best-known limited-edition publication was Mirò's "A Toute Epreuve," 1948, a suite of etchings by the artist with text by Paul Eluard, considered by connoisseurs one of the most beautiful books in 20th-century art.

The Mirò book and two limited-edition suites of etchings, Chagall's "Psalms of David," 1979, and Moore's "Elephant Skull," 1970, have been exhibited in separate shows at the Museum of Modern Art.

From 1973 to 1980, Mr. Cramer published a catalogue raisonné of Henry Moore's graphic work in several volumes.

Sims Reed Gallery

Established in 1995, Sims Reed Gallery is a leading international print gallery specialising in post- war and contemporary prints and works on paper. The gallery holds an extensive inventory of some of the most important original prints by leading 20th century artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, David Hockney and Francis Bacon. Sims Reed is a member of the Society of London Art Dealers and the International Fine Print Dealers Association. 

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