T.S. Eliot

1 portrait on display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery

T.S. Eliot, by Sir Jacob Epstein, 1951 - NPG 4440 - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

T.S. Eliot

by Sir Jacob Epstein
plaster cast of bust, 1951
19 in. (483 mm) high
Given by Trustees of the Epstein Estate, 1965
Primary Collection
NPG 4440


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

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Epstein and T.S.Eliot were introduced by Ashley Dukes, a mutual friend, who commissioned this bust. Eliot's 'grave courtesy' at the sittings and interest in sculpture impressed Epstein. This bust is a plaster cast, made from a mould of the original clay bust. Epstein often made a number of these plaster busts before casting the final bronze.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Gibson, Robin; Clerk, Honor, 20th Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1993, p. 18
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 199

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