Sir Jacob Epstein
1 portrait on display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
Sir Jacob Epstein
by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 1951
15 in. x 13 7/8 in. (380 mm x 352 mm) overall
Given by University of Dundee - Michael Peto Collection, 2013
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Sitterback to top
- Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Sitter in 68 portraits, Artist of 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Michael Peto (1908-1970), Photojournalist. Artist of 22 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This is an intimate photograph of Epstein, pausing in his work to greet his sheepdog Frisky. Artists' studios were traditionally represented as mysterious sites of transformation, presided over by the genius artist. Epstein's studio, with its vast stone sculptures and new busts emerging out of mounds of clay, was well suited to formal representations. Such images, however, only tell part of the story. Epstein's studio at Hyde Park Gate was attached to his home and many of his sitters were his family and friends, creating a comparatively relaxed atmosphere.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's studio and house, Hyde Park Gate, London)
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Events of 1951back to top
Current affairsThe Conservative Party wins the general election and Winston Churchill returns for a second term as prime minister.
Art and scienceOn the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain is held as a nationwide celebration of British culture, and as an impetus for post-war regeneration. As well as various art, science and industrial exhibitions and events, a major regeneration project was initiated for the South Bank area of London under the directorship of the architect, Hugh Casson.
InternationalLibya declares its sovereignty from Italian rule, becoming the first independent state to be created by the UN.
At the Treaty of San Francisco, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan, officially ending the Pacific War - the last battleground of the Second World War.