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Jacob Epstein

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Jacob Epstein, by Sir Jacob Epstein, 1912 - NPG 4126 - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jacob Epstein

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze head, 1912
19 3/4 in. (502 mm) high
Purchased, 1959
Primary Collection
NPG 4126

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

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

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Epstein found self-portraiture frustrating. He spoke of the difficulties in depicting 'what one sees and not what one knows about oneself and feels should be there' and described the problems of self-observation for a sculptor, who 'must study his subject from every angle'. This larger-than-life bust is Epstein's first modelled self-portrait and shows the emergence of the dynamic, roughly finished style that would characterise his portrait busts. His studio was cold
and he habitually wore a cap while working.

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