Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1924
17 in. (432 mm) high
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- Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Artist of 14 portraits, Sitter in 68 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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- Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor (30 March 2013 - 24 November 2013)