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Furnishing fabric - Barbed Wire
  • Barbed Wire
    Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986
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Barbed Wire

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986 (designer)
    Ascher Ltd (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed rayon

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The use of a barbed wire motif on a dress may seem unusual, though for Moore it was a symbol of life's ability to endure after mass industrialised slaughter. Much of Moore's output focuses on notions of continuity and endurance, which are represented here by the wildflowers behind the metal wire. It was a particularly potent image in the immediate aftermath of the senseless killing of the Second World War.

A similar pattern appears on a dressing gown worn by Sally Gray in the 1947 British film noir They Made Me a Fugitive

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of screen-printed rayon. With an abstract design of barbed wire and parachutes.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1947 (made)


Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986 (designer)
Ascher Ltd (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed rayon


Length: 63.5 cm, Width: 46 cm, Length: 24 in, Width: 18 in

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric 'Barbed Wire' of screen-printed rayon, designed by Henry Spencer Moore for Ascher Ltd., London, 1947




Screen printing


Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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