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Henry Moore and The Guinea Pig Club

In 1961 Henry Moore exhibited some 57 sculptures at Marlborough New London Gallery. These works were shown in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Moore paid a particular interest in the stories of a group of men, all aircrew in the RAF, who suffered terrible burns during conflict in the Second World War. 

Several members of The Guinea Pig Club as they were known, so called because of the pioneering plastic surgery carried out by Sir Archibald McIndoe to restore their facial features, attended the exhibition and can be seen here with Moore and his Reclining Figure 1929 brown Hornton stone (LH 59). This work is now in the collection of Leeds City Art Gallery.