Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell; Jacob Epstein

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

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell; Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar, 1953 - NPG x136751 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1953
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x136751

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  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1515 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.

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Epstein often sought out sitters whose features he found interesting. He was keen to depict what he described as Russell's 'fawn-like head' and was delighted when Russell's wife introduced them. Kar's photograph reveals Epstein's distinctive method of balancing the bust on two wooden supports, under the neck and chin, which are bolstered from below by a mound of clay. This technique gave Epstein greater access to the sculpture. The front support also allowed him to build out the neck and chin at an angle that would have been otherwise impossible.

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