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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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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

x136760

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 original negative, 1951
NPG x137297

x137298

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from 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

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