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Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor

Sir Jacob Epstein

Sitter associated with 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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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

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William Somerset Maugham; Jacob Epstein

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

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William Somerset Maugham; Jacob Epstein

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

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William Somerset Maugham; Jacob Epstein

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

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Jacob Epstein sculpting Elizabeth Keen

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

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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

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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

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Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x133283

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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