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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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Jacob Epstein

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze head, 1912
NPG 4126

3885

William Henry Davies

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze head, 1916
NPG 3885

4295

Augustus John

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1916
NPG 4295

4159

Joseph Conrad

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1924
NPG 4159

5976

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1925
NPG 5976

6060

Michael Balcon

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1933
NPG 6060

2934

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1934
NPG 2934

4047

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1934
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4047

6905

Jawaharlal Nehru

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1948
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6905

5199

Lucian Freud

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze head, 1949
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5199

4762

Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1950
NPG 4762

4440

T.S. Eliot

by Sir Jacob Epstein
plaster cast of bust, 1951
NPG 4440

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