By the end of the Second World War, the Leicester Galleries had become a familiar, if somewhat conservative, fixture of the London art scene.
According to Evelyn Silber,
During the post-1945 phase of the gallery’s existence, the Leicester Galleries had become an institution, perceived as a distinguished but no longer a vanguard gallery, even something of a time-warp experience with its turnstile and varied programme involving large numbers of artists.
It continued to have large numbers of annual exhibitions and showed many new artists in the post-war period, although increasing numbers of new galleries emerged who had the means to buy works outright. Over time, many of the gallery’s artists left to go to other institutions. In 1963, the gallery moved to 4 Audley Square and then, in 1968, it moved to 22 Cork Street before closing its doors in 1975.
The New Year exhibition in 1963 (1252) was the first to be held at the new Audley Square gallery. It contained a huge range of drawings, watercolours, paintings, and sculpture from artists of all periods and styles. It included many of the artists the galleries had made famous, such as Henri Matisse, C.R.W. Nevinson, Jacob Epstein, and Henry Moore.
The unillustrated catalogue has a colour wrap-around cover. It is the first to be published with the new larger format that became a feature of the gallery’s catalogues from this point onwards. This shows the new gallery on the front cover and the old gallery in Leicester Square on the back. It is therefore a fitting image with which to conclude this account of the gallery’s history during its life in Leicester Square.
- Beechey, James and Stephens, Chris (eds) (2012) Picasso and Modern British Art. Exhibition catalogue. London: Tate Publishing. (LR: 7.036(41) BEE)
- Ernest Brown & Phillips Ltd. website: http://www.ernestbrownandphillips.ltd.uk/
- Brown, Oliver Frank (1968) Exhibition: The Memoirs of Oliver Brown. London: Evelyn, Adams & Mackay. (LR: LEICESTER GALLERIES-1968)
- Fletcher, Pamela and Helmreich, Anne (2011) The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London, 1850–1939. Manchester: Manchester University Press. (LR: 7.075 FLE)
- Leicester Galleries catalogues in the Paul Mellon Centre Library: http://paulmelloncentre.cirqahosting.com/HeritageScripts/Hapi.dll/search2?searchterm=leicester%20galleries&Fields=C&Media=%23&Bool=AND
- Porter, Cecil (1963) Six Decades at the Leicester Galleries London as Seen by the Press. Basingstoke: Printed by Merivale Press. (LR: LEICESTER GALLERIES-1963)
- Robins, Anna Gruetzner and Barbican Art Gallery (1997) Modern Art in Britain, 1910–1914. Exhibition catalogue. London: Merrell Holberton in association with Barbican Art Gallery. (LR: 7.036(41) ROB)
- Silber, Evelyn (2012) “The Leicester Galleries and the Promotion of Modernist Sculpture in London, 1902–1975”. The Sculpture Journal 21, no. 2: 131–144. (LR: JOURNALS – S)