Jacob Epstein

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

Jacob Epstein, by Yousuf Karsh, 1955 - NPG P490(28) - © Karsh / Camera Press

© Karsh / Camera Press

Jacob Epstein

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1955
23 3/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. (602 mm x 488 mm)
Given by the photographer, Yousuf Karsh, 1991
Primary Collection
NPG P490(28)

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

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  • Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 155 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Karsh found Epstein a restless sitter and described how the sculptor 'walked about his studio, talking all the time and apparently unconscious of my camera. It was only when I developed my films that I realised an odd coincidence. His hand adopted the attitude of the hand in monumental sculpture which I had used as a background. I suspected then that he must have used his own hand as a model.' This parallel between Epstein and his creation presents him as a similarly towering presence. Karsh included this photograph in his book, In Search of Greatness (1951). Behind him is his monumental Ecce Homo (19345) now in Coventry Cathedral.

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