Joseph Conrad

1 portrait on display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

Joseph Conrad, by Sir Jacob Epstein, 1924 - NPG 4159 - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Joseph Conrad

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1924
17 in. (432 mm) high
Purchased, 1960
Primary Collection
NPG 4159


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  • Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Artist of 14 portraits, Sitter in 67 portraits.

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'Conrad gave a feeling of defeat; but defeat met with courage' recalled Epstein, 'The drooping weary lids intensified the impression of brooding thought. The whole head revealed the man who had suffered much ... My bust of Conrad brought out his fierce, almost demonic energy, but I did not try to read into his psychology - I went entirely by what I saw.' Conrad approved, describing the bust as 'something more than a masterly interpretation ... It is wonderful to go down in posterity like that'.

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