Hewlett Johnson; Jacob Epstein

1 portrait of Hewlett Johnson

Hewlett Johnson; Jacob Epstein

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
bromide print, 1943
15 1/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (387 mm x 286 mm)
Given by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann), 1975
Primary Collection
NPG P15


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  • Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Sitter in 67 portraits, Artist of 14 portraits.
  • Hewlett Johnson (1874-1966), Dean of Canterbury. Sitter in 24 portraits.

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In 1928, Epstein moved to 18 Hyde Park Gate, where he would live for the rest of his life. The house had the advantage of containing a large studio, shown here. Visitors were confronted with Epstein's monumental statue Ecce Homo, 'Behold the man', which towered over the space while unfinished portrait busts clustered around its base. Carved between 1934 and 1935, this powerful depiction of Christ failed to sell. A proposal to display it at Selby Abbey was blocked by a public petition. It remained in the studio until Epstein's death and was given to Coventry Cathedral in 1969.

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