An important early exhibition of work by a modernist sculptor was the memorial exhibition of the Frenchman Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, held in 1918 (259). The gallery initially wanted the exhibition to happen in 1916, a year after the artist’s early death in action at the age of twenty-three. However, his partner, Sophie Brzeska, wanted to wait until the end of the war. The exhibition held in the Hogarth Room included loans and objects for sale and contained over 100 works amounting to almost all his known sculpture and a great many drawings. According to Oliver Brown, this small exhibition was enough to establish the artist’s reputation. Although it was not as popular as the Epstein exhibition in 1917, it drew the attention of many collectors.
The illustrated catalogue contains a Preface by the poet Ezra Pound.