Mercury Gallery

Mercury Gallery was established in Cork Street in May 1964 by Gillian Raffles to exhibit and promote the work of young figurative British artists and to deal in Sculpture, Paintings and Works on Paper by 20th Century British and European Artists.

1n 2001 Gillian Raffles vacated the gallery space in Cork Street, she continues to specialise in the work of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and deals from home. Mercury Gallery now mounts exhibitions in association with other galleries.



My interest and association with the work and story of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska began in 1965 when I purchased five small Zoo drawings.  Over the years there have been 10 Mercury Gallery selling exhibitions; loan exhibitions to British museums, commercial galleries in Toronto, Edinburgh and Henley, and a Mercury Gallery exhibition of Gaudier’s Sculpture and Works on paper at the Chicago Art Expo in 1993.  Further, important works have been lent to exhibitions at museums in France and Germany.

In 2005 I was offered some original manuscript papers written between 1915 and 1918 by Sophie Gaudier-Brzeska.  These were some 50 double-sided sheets which had lain forgotten and unpublished.  They included a version of Sophie Brzeska’s autobiography ‘Matka’; accounts of her meeting with Henri Gaudier in Paris; of their life together in France and England and of the events following his death.  She recounts the ‘troubles’ she had with T. E. Hulme, Ezra Pound, Robert Bevan and others trying to agree about the arrangements for the Memorial exhibition of Gaudier’s work and she also describes evenings in the studio with Horace Brodzky.  Included are a group of letters from her to the artist Nina Hamnett.  The original manuscript was written partly in French and partly in English and vividly evokes her emotional state.

This offer of the manuscript writings resulted in my translating and publishing these otherwise unedited in 2008 in a limited hand-bound edition of 125 copies.  Although she has been frequently cited elsewhere this is the first time her actual words have been published.


Gillian Raffles

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