Sculpture Journal

The Leicester Galleries and the promotion of modernist sculpture in London, 1902-1975

Sculpture Journal (2012), 21, (2), 131–144.

Abstract

This paper surveys and analyses the role of Ernest Brown & Phillips Ltd. (The Leicester Galleries), in the exhibition and promotion of British and European modernist sculpture 1902-75. The gallery exhibited over 3,000 sculptures and held 80 exhibitions dedicated entirely or primarily to sculpture as well as many mixed and group shows in which sculpture figured. From their role in marketing bronze statuettes during the pre-1914 period to their lasting involvement with Jacob Epstein, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Henry Moore, Dora Gordine, Eric Kennington, Leon Underwood and others in the inter-war period, the gallery was acknowledged as one of a handful of pioneer London galleries in marketing modernism. Its leading role was eroded post-war as it was financially outpaced and its exhibition model became outmoded in the post 1945 expansion of the modern art market.

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Silber, Evelyn