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Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor

Sir Jacob Epstein

Sitter in 67 portraits
Artist of 14 portraits
The leading modernist sculptor of his day, Epstein was born in New York to Polish-Jewish parents, studying in Paris before moving to London in 1905. He quickly gained a reputation as a brilliant sculptor, however his bold work courted controversy, and may have cost him an appointment as war artist and a professorship at the RCA. In spite of criticism, he regularly and successfully exhibited life-size bronzes and portraits at the Leicester Galleries. Works include The Rock Drill (1913-14), the essence of Vorticist style and a great influence on his contemporaries, and Oscar Wilde's tomb in Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Knighted in 1954, Epstein completed numerous large commissions and portraits in his last decade.

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4119

Jacob Epstein

by Augustus Edwin John
chalk, circa 1900
NPG 4119

4126

Jacob Epstein

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze head, 1912
NPG 4126

4397

Jacob Epstein

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, published 1925
NPG 4397

P490(28)

Jacob Epstein

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1955
NPG P490(28)

x21741

Jacob Epstein

by Barratt's Photo Press Ltd
bromide print, 1900s
NPG x21741

x132916

Jacob Epstein

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
modern print on sepia-toned Veribrom paper, 1911
NPG x132916

Ax7820

Jacob Epstein

by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 24 January 1914
NPG Ax7820

x6395

Jacob Epstein

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 1 November 1916
NPG x6395

x36037

Jacob Epstein

by Central Press
bromide print, 1917
NPG x36037

x27889

Jacob Epstein

by George Charles Beresford
bromide print, 11 July 1921
NPG x27889

x6396

Jacob Epstein

by George Charles Beresford
vintage print, 1924
NPG x6396

x194087

Jacob Epstein

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1925
NPG x194087

x88293

Jacob Epstein with 'Primeval Gods'

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 25 April 1933
NPG x88293

x2381

Jacob Epstein

by Howard Coster
chlorobromide print, 1940
NPG x2381

x21742

Jacob Epstein

by Geoffrey Ireland
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x21742

x32725

Jacob Epstein

by Geoffrey Ireland
semi-matte bromide print on card mount, 1950s
NPG x32725

x8495

Jacob Epstein

by Geoffrey Ireland
vintage gelatin silver print, 1950s
NPG x8495

x136748

Sir Jacob Epstein with plaster of 'Social Consciousness'

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1951-1953
NPG x136748

x136752

William Somerset Maugham; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1951
NPG x136752

x136753

William Somerset Maugham; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1951
NPG x136753

x136754

William Somerset Maugham; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1951
NPG x136754

x136755

William Somerset Maugham; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1951
NPG x136755

x136760

Jacob Epstein sculpting Elizabeth Keen

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1951
NPG x136760

x136761

Jacob Epstein sculpting Elizabeth Keen

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1951
NPG x136761

x137297

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1951
NPG x137297

x137298

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1951
NPG x137298

x136479

Sir Jacob Epstein; Judith Lade

by Unknown photographer, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage press print, 4 March 1952
NPG x136479

x36036

Jacob Epstein

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 1953
NPG x36036

x133283

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x133283

x135200

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x135200

x136756

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1953
NPG x136756

x136757

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1953
NPG x136757

x125061

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125061

x125062

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125062

x125063

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125063

x125064

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125064

x125065

Jacob Epstein; Anna Neagle

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125065

x125070

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125070

x36035

Esther Epstein; Jacob Epstein; Beth Lipkin

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 16 February 1954
NPG x36035

x29399

Jacob Epstein with his 'Christ in Majesty'

by Geoffrey Ireland
semi-matte bromide print, circa 1955
NPG x29399

x136758

Sir Jacob Epstein; Nancy Rogers

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1955
NPG x136758

D23345

Jacob Epstein

by Mark Wayner (Weiner)
lithograph, 1943 or before
NPG D23345

P15

Hewlett Johnson; Jacob Epstein

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
bromide print, 1943
NPG P15

P1398

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1398

Ax7856

Jacob Epstein

by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 24 January 1914
NPG Ax7856

x6493

Jacob Epstein

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1917
NPG x6493

x6494

Jacob Epstein

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1917
NPG x6494

x6495

Jacob Epstein

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1917
NPG x6495

x6496

Jacob Epstein

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1917
NPG x6496

x11043

Jacob Epstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x11043