Jawaharlal Nehru

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

Jawaharlal Nehru, by Sir Jacob Epstein, 1948 - NPG 6905 - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jawaharlal Nehru

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1948
15 in. (380 mm) high
Purchased, 2011
Primary Collection
NPG 6905


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  • Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), First Prime Minister of India; son of Pandit Motilal Nehru. Sitter associated with 18 portraits.

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

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Epstein started work on this bust of Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, when Nehru visited England for the Commonwealth Conference of 1946: 'He phoned me, although we had never met, expressing a wish to visit me at my studio. Nothing was said about a portrait, but whilst talking to him it occurred to me that we were wasting a rare opportunity and I asked him immediately to start sitting... At this time, soon after the assassination of Gandhi, Nehru seemed burdened with the cares of office, and it was in this mood that I conceived this sombre portrait'.

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