1 portrait on display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze head, 1959, based on a work of 1912
19 3/4 in. (502 mm) high
Click on the links below to find out more:
Sitterback to top
- Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Sitter in 68 portraits, Artist of 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Artist of 14 portraits, Sitter in 68 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 207