Mona Moore was born in London and studied at St Martin’s School of Art and at the Central School of Art from 1931-1939. She was commissioned by the Recording Britain scheme, set up at the outbreak of war by Sir Kenneth Clark, then Director of the National Gallery, to record British lives and landscapes at a time of change. The scheme was funded by the Pilgrim Trust, financed by the American millionaire Edward Harkness, and the works presented to the Victoria and Albert Museum Moore also produced designs for the Radio Times, The Listener and other periodicals, as well as book jackets and illustrations for novels and poems.