Erection date: /9/2017
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 1891 - 1915, sculptor and artist, worked here, 1913 - 1914.
Site: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1 memorial)
SW15, Winthorpe Road, 25
The plaque is located at the site of Gaudier-Brzeska's former studio, "Railway Arch 25".
‘His studio was a railway arch over which the electric trains rumbled all day. He occupied only half of the arch, which had been divided lengthways by a wooden partition. It was a good workman-like place with a concrete floor, well lit by windows at each of its quadrant-shaped ends. The other side of the partition was occupied by an Italian sculptor, who had been a neighbour of Brzeska’s at Fulham and had asked him to share the cost of converting this barrel-roofed “studio” at Putney, to which Brzeska was agreeable as there was a saving of rent... In wet and cold weather however, the new workshop was a miserable and chilly place, for it was difficult to heat. ‘The new workshop contained nothing designed for comfort. Benches, a portable furnace for tempering his chisels, a couple of decrepit chairs and a small stove were all its furniture. It even looked barer than his Fulham studio, for there seemed to be a chair or two less.’ (H. Brodzky, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, pp. 127–8).
Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of plaquesoflondon.co.uk