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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 Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
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Jacob Epstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x11045

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Jacob Epstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x11046

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Jacob Epstein

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x11047

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Jacob Epstein

by Geoffrey Ireland
semi-matte bromide print on card mount, February 1956
NPG x32726

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Jacob Epstein

by Geoffrey Ireland
bromide print, February 1956
NPG x28387

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Jacob Epstein

by Geoffrey Ireland
vintage gelatin silver print, February 1956
NPG x8496