Now that our visitor season has closed we are sadly saying goodbye to Henry Moore's white marble sculpture Archer. We have been lucky to have the work on loan from the Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture, Helsinki, Finland

Moore developed Archer from handheld plaster maquette to monumental size bronze. Although known as Three Way Piece No.2: Archer, (LH 535) the largest version of the sculpture takes exactly the same form as the smaller versions. You can see the range of sizes in the selection of images included above.

Gunnar and Marie-Louise Didrichsen acquired the marble sculpture from Moore in 1967 to honour their friend, the Finnish architect Viljo Revell, who designed their home Villa Didrichsen.

Viljo Revell had also designed City Hall, Toronto, Canada and had visited Henry Moore in November 1964 to discuss the possibility of placing a sculpture at the finished site, since he felt his design would be incomplete without a Moore work. Moore showed Revell a small plaster maquette for Archer and together they decided that the work would be ideal, once enlarged in bronze to monumental size, to be placed in front of Revell's building.

Sadly, Viljo Revell died of a heart attack the very next day after his visit to Perry Green, and so did not live to see the completion of the City Hall project. On hearing of his death, Moore was determined that the large bronze sculpture should be installed to honour the late architect and so allowed the city of Toronto to acquire the work at a discounted rate to ensure they would complete the original vision.

As the Didrichsens were close friends of Revell and having already acquired a Moore bronze, Reclining Figure on Pedestal 1959-1960 bronze, (LH 456) under the guidance of the architect, Gunnar and Marie-Louise felt that they could pay homage to their friend by acquiring a smaller bronze version of Three Way Piece No.2: Archer Revell had placed by his other great design in Toronto. Alas, Henry Moore no longer had any bronze casts for sale, but was able to offer the couple the unique white marble carving to be placed in their home. The letters included above show the Didrichsen's delight at having the work in their collection. The two families became firm friends, with Gunnar and Marie-Louise making visits to Perry Green whenever they were in the UK.

Today Villa Didrichsen is a unique museum and private home by the seaside on Kuusisaari island in Helsinki. The museum holds two to three exhibitions a year, varying from Finnish art to modern international art. Permanently on display are the Pre-Columbian and Asian collections and artwork in the sculpture park. Some 12 Moore sculptures are amongst the collection and can be viewed as part of the programme at the Helsinki venue.