In these drawings Henry Moore describes the aged body. He made a series of drawings of his own hands when he was eighty-one and suffering from ill-health, and he did more of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin’s gnarled joints. ‘Hands can convey so much’ he said, ‘they can beg or refuse, take or give, be open or clenched, show content or anxiety. They can be young or old, beautiful or deformed’.
Moore believed his prints were part of a larger history of sculpture and painting, in which artists have shown feelings through their portrayal of hands.