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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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Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x136756

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein

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

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x136757

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein

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

Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x125061

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125061

Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x125062

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125062

Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x125063

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125063

Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x125064

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125064

Jacob Epstein; Anna Neagle, by Ida Kar - NPG x125065

Jacob Epstein; Anna Neagle

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125065

Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x125070

Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125070

Esther Garman; Jacob Epstein; Beth Lipkin, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x36035

Esther Garman; Jacob Epstein; Beth Lipkin

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

Jacob Epstein with his 'Christ in Majesty', by Geoffrey Ireland - NPG x29399

Jacob Epstein with his 'Christ in Majesty'

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

Sir Jacob Epstein; Nancy Rogers, by Ida Kar - NPG x136758

Sir Jacob Epstein; Nancy Rogers

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

Jacob Epstein, by Mark Wayner (Weiner) - NPG D23345

Jacob Epstein

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

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Hewlett Johnson; Jacob Epstein

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

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1398

Web image not currently available

Jacob Epstein

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

Web image not currently available

Jacob Epstein

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

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Jacob Epstein

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

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Jacob Epstein

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

Web image not currently available

Jacob Epstein

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

Web image not currently available

Jacob Epstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x11044

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