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In 1934 art dealer Sydney Burney initiated a unique exhibition of miniature paintings and sculptures entitled 'Children Throughout the Ages' in support of the Greater London Fund for the Blind, to be held at Chesterfield House, the former home of the Earl of Harewood and the Princess Royal in Mayfair. A group of some 24 artists, including painters Tristram Hillier, Edward Wadsworth, Augustus John, Ivon Hitchens and Ben Nicholson, and sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Leon Underwood, Frank Dobson and John Skeaping was commissioned to produce scaled-down examples of work to furnish the tiny ‘gallery', which was specially designed by architect Marshall Sisson. Moore's contribution, a reclining figure in African wonderstone that served as the prototype for the larger elmwood version of the following year, is seen in the centre of this newly discovered original photograph, with Skeaping's Bird to the right. Chesterfield House was used for several concerts and exhibitions, including this one, before being demolished in 1935.