Jacob Epstein with his 'Christ in Majesty'

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Jacob Epstein with his 'Christ in Majesty', by Geoffrey Ireland, circa 1955 - NPG x29399 - © Geoffrey Ireland / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Geoffrey Ireland / National Portrait Gallery, London

Jacob Epstein with his 'Christ in Majesty'

by Geoffrey Ireland
semi-matte bromide print, circa 1955
11 7/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (301 mm x 245 mm) image size
Purchased, 1980
Photographs Collection
NPG x29399


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

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Ireland took this photograph at the Royal College of Art, where Epstein worked on commissions that were too large for his studio, and published it in Epstein: A Camera Study of the Artist at Work. Laurie Lee's introduction to this book praised Ireland for capturing 'the human figure of the artist himself, rapt and unposed, moving among his creations'. Epstein is shown here next to Christ in Majesty, a commission from Llandaff Cathedral. Epstein waived part of his fee for this sculpture so that it should be cast in aluminium instead of being made from gilded plaster.

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