Jacob Epstein with a bust of Kathleen, Lady Epstein

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Jacob Epstein with a bust of Kathleen, Lady Epstein, by Unknown photographer, circa 1948 - NPG x30416 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jacob Epstein with a bust of Kathleen, Lady Epstein

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1948
9 1/2in. x 7 1/2in. (242 mm x 189 mm)
Photographs Collection
NPG x30416

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

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Epstein first saw Kathleen Garman, who later became his second wife, at a restaurant and immediately asked her to sit for a portrait. He would go on to make seven portraits of her, the last of which is shown here. This photograph was probably taken in the Leicester Galleries, where Epstein held exhibitions throughout his career. Here, Epstein's portraits were often displayed alongside his vast 'primitivist' stone sculptures, which confused many critics. Only Bernard van Dieren's review for The New Age in 1917 recognised that the portraits, like the carvings, could be viewed as 'abstract conceptions' of 'human traits and sympathies'.

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